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From Brian LeRoux...@brian.io>
Subject Re: Deprecation Wars: ICS vs Gingerbread
Date Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:35:58 GMT
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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