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From Brian LeRoux...@brian.io>
Subject Re: Deprecation Wars: ICS vs Gingerbread
Date Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:52:28 GMT
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On Wed, Jan 7, 2015, 6:49 PM tommy-carlos williams <tommy@devgeeks.org>
wrote:

>
> --
> tommy-carlos williams
>
> On 8 January 2015 at 12:37:59, Brian LeRoux (b@brian.io) wrote:
>
> I say we go 4.x all in and drop everything below. Time to draw a line.
>
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2015, 6:24 PM Joe Bowser <bowserj@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Also, who actually tests on Gingerbread? Please comment on this thread.
> >
> > On Wed Jan 07 2015 at 5:09:49 PM Joe Bowser <bowserj@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > I'm just mentioning it because my only Android 4.0.3 devices are an
> ASUS
> > > Transformer 2 tablet and a Motorola RAZR phone that did weird things
> to
> > my
> > > computer when I tried installing the extra software to upgrade it.
> > >
> > > However, if we did deprecate 2.3, I can just flash 4.0.3 on the Nexus
> S
> > > and use that.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Wed Jan 07 2015 at 5:07:27 PM tommy-carlos williams <
> > tommy@devgeeks.org>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> It seems to me that if we are only going to drop *one*, that it
> should
> > be
> > >> Gingerbread first, since it is a lower SDK version.
> > >>
> > >> How can an app support GB and *not* ICS?
> > >>
> > >> Having said that, I am also interested in the discussion of better
> > >> numbers on usage than just the Play Store (even if my gut reaction is
> > >> always “BURN 2.3 WITH FIRE”).
> > >>
> > >> --
> > >> tommy-carlos williams
> > >>
> > >> On 8 January 2015 at 10:39:33, Joe Bowser (bowserj@gmail.com) wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Hey
> > >>
> > >> So, 2015 is here, and we have the new Android Pie Chart:
> > >>
> > >> http://developer.android.com/about/dashboards/index.html#2015
> > >>
> > >> Due to two percentage points on ICS and three on Gingerbread, we're
> > stuck
> > >> supporting these platforms for the near future, but it looks like
> we're
> > in
> > >> the bad spot of them reaching the magic 5% at the same time. Since I
> > don't
> > >> like the idea of automatically dropping 10% of devices, I'm wondering
> > what
> > >> we should deprecate first.
> > >>
> > >> Also, can we get better numbers for what's out there? Right now we
> still
> > >> have the only single point of reference, which is the Google Play
> store.
> > >> This doesn't cover China, or any other emerging markets. That said,
> > things
> > >> like Android One, and vendors like Xiaomi are making KitKat and
> Lolipop
> > >> the
> > >> standard. I know that I'm once again touching off a flame war between
> > >> developers who know that these platforms don't get the tests they
> need
> > to
> > >> be actually considered supported, and various business interests who
> for
> > >> some unknown reason need this support, but we should have this
> > discussion
> > >> again.
> > >>
> > >> Thoughts?
> > >>
> > >> Joe
> > >>
> > >
> >
>
>

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