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From tommy-carlos williams <to...@devgeeks.org>
Subject Re: Deprecation Wars: ICS vs Gingerbread
Date Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:40:51 GMT

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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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