WordPress.org has announced last week that they have plan to drop support for Android 2.3 Gingerbread in its WordPress mobile app.
The upcoming Android version 2.9 will support only those devices which are running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later.
They have Also mentioned about the decline in usage of app on Gingerbread which stands in less than 10% & doesn’t justify the additional investment of time to make sure the app runs on the old devices as well.
Starting with version 2.9 of WordPress for Android – due later this month – new versions will only support devices running Android 4.0 or later. If you’re using an older phone, the previous version of our app will still appear in Google Play and you’ll still be able to use it.
We’ll be honest: our developers – including myself – are happy about this because it’ll make us more productive. But the thing we’re the happiest about is that it will result in a faster, smaller, better app for the large majority of our users.
Android 4.0 was released back in 2011 with lot more features and enhancements like easy multitasking, rich notifications, customizable home screens, resizable widgets, and deep interactivity and more.
The team behind WordPress’s Android app has been working on both the versions to make sure more users can take advantage of the app who are using the new as well as old devices.
The decision to drop support for Gingerbread has been taken to avoid longer delays between releases because of the additional time required to make sure the app works in old devices as well.
WordPress for Android version 2.9 is due for release later this month, keep watching this space.
Article Via WordPress.Org