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From Joe Bowser <bows...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Deprecation Wars: ICS vs Gingerbread
Date Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:53:55 GMT
Those stickers are old! I don't go to Android conferences, sine Android
devs hate us these days.

On Wed Jan 07 2015 at 5:53:04 PM Brian LeRoux <b@brian.io> wrote:

> !
>
> 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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