Google is ending support for Android Market on Android 2.1 and below

Phillip Butler
June 23, 2017

Initially, the "app store" on Android phones was known as the Android Market, which was launched in 2008.

However, that is about to change, as Google has announced that it is ending support for Android Market on devices running Android 2.1 and below.

On June 30, devices running Android 2.1 Eclair or lower will no longer be able to access, or install other apps from, the Android Market.
Magic browser, uploaded to Google Play on May 17, masqueraded as an "ultra-fast, simple and practical mobile browser", while Noise Detector promised to let you "easily measure the noise level of the current environment".

Also, Xavier can now steal pretty much any data from an infected device and collect information such as email addresses, app files, SIM card information, and even messages.

The company also pointed out that these older versions of Android are no longer supported by most app developers. There was Android Market for apps and games, Google eBookstore for books and Google Music for music. Its market share has now shrunk to a negligible share of below 0.1%, with Gingerbread (2.3) nearing a similar fate with a 0.8% figure.

As Google points out, most app developers no longer support Android 1.0, 1.1, 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, and 2.0/2.1 Eclair. However, Google Play Store worked on devices having Android 2.2 (Froyo) and above. Devices that are still in use with Android 2.1 and earlier iterations of the OS have been stuck with the Android Market for all this time. More than 100 apps using the same code base (named Ztorg) have been uncovered since then, though the latest pair of malicious apps removed from the Play Store are a bit of an outlier.

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