Android’s WebView is used to render pages and is a critical part of the operating system. For better security, Google changed the version of WebView with a newer one in Android 4.4 KitKat, and Google has said it will no longer support the old versions. This is a big blow for the older operating systems, which still power 60 percent of all Android devices.
Many new exploits have been found in the version of WebView that Jelly Bean and older devices use, and Google uses to patch them fairly quickly. But now, Google is saying that these versions of Android will no longer be patched. Or at least Google will not be working on patches, but may consider a patch from a third-party to be sent out.
Considering how a majority of all Android devices run old operating systems, this is a bold move for Google. It would be far more understandable if most devices ran a new, supported version of Android. But in this case, Google is abandoning a massive amount of Android devices that aren’t even very old. What are your thoughts on the issue? Leave a comment!