Considering how Android 14 is just a couple of months away, it’s safe to say that Google has started to work on moving forward. The company has always been a strong advocate for how it wants to make sure that all modern devices are running recent versions of Android, and today, the search engine giant has pulled the plug on Android 4.4 KitKat as the OS is finally losing all support, and while the company has not mentioned it, we would advise that you upgrade your device if you still have it.
Android 4.4 KitKat is no longer being supported by Google as user-base drops below 1 percent
Google made this announcement in a very short statement on its blog, talking about how the Play Services will no longer have support for Android KitKat beyond version 23.30.99. This should not come as a surprise because, at the time of writing, only 1 percent of the Android userbase is running Android 4.4 KitKat, and it makes no sense to continue support for such a small user base. You have until August, and after that, the support will be pulled.
Although this might seem normal, it’s really impressive on Google’s part that the company managed to support Android 4.4 KitKat. For those who don’t know, the update started rolling out back in 2013. This means that Google has managed to support it for around a decade, and if our guess is right, the next version to go down will be Android 5.0 Lollipop.
While Android 4.4 KitKat shutting down might signal a sad end for a lot of people, it’s the right thing to do. Older Android versions are not as secure as the modern ones, and if you are still driving an old Android device daily, you are prone to a lot more risks than you would be on a modern-day Android OS, and that is why killing the support for it makes sense.
Plus, you can pick up a lot of more affordable Android devices this year, and some of them, if not all, are still running on modern versions of Android, so you really don’t have to worry whether or not the support for older devices ending is going to be the reason why are you spending more money.