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Google Play has stopped working on smartphones

09 December 2018

Sam Spencer, Technical Program Manager, Google Play, said, "The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time".

Google announced that it had chose to abandon further support all electronic devices running on Android operating system 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. As a outcome, they are deploring the support of ICS in the future releases of the Google Play services. This is a worrisome revelation, as it suggests that even apps that are initially deemed safe could become malicious further down the line with a simple update.

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Moreover, "That's why we began our own independent investigation after we received reports of apps on Google Play accused of conducting app install attribution abuse by falsely claiming credit for newly installed apps to collect the download bounty from that app's developer".

Google is also encouraging all developers with new and existing apps to not include support for Ice Cream Sandwich. Those older versions keep continuing to lose their place when it comes to the distribution chart, and it seems that Ice Cream Sandwich has found its turn.

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There's little chance that you're using an Android Ice Cream Sandwich phone in 2018 - and if you are - you probably should update.

Google instead targets API level 16 as the minimum level of support. In fact Nexus was the first device to ship with Android 4.0 with Google later rolling it out to Nexus S on the same day. "However, they will still be able to download and use the most recently published version of the app that does target their device", says the blog post. It's unclear how many developers will take the company up on that idea due to the relatively small market share for Android 4.0 devices.

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The main motive behind this is to allow the attackers to create false ad impressions by persistently running the app and imitating ad clicks. Andrea has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post.

Google Play has stopped working on smartphones