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From Joe Bowser <bows...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Deprecation Wars: ICS vs Gingerbread
Date Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:16:57 GMT
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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