Chrome for Android devices saw its debut years ago for users running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but everything has an end, and it would appear that new features for Chrome on Ice Cream Sandwich are about to reach its end.
According to a blog post published on March 3 on the Chromium Blog, the swan song for Chrome on Ice Cream Sandwich is about to sound. The blog post states that updating new features for an older platform, one that has seen a 30 percent drop in users over the last year, just isn’t cutting it anymore. They want a sharper focus on current devices and software, the ones that the majority of people are using (and adopting), and so the end of updates is here.
When Chrome 42 launches, it will be the last update for the mobile browser that boasts any new features for devices running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Users will still be able to use Chrome, obviously, but any new features that they might see on a newer handset won’t be available on their device.
“In the last year, we’ve seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users. So, with Chrome’s 42nd release, we’ll stop updating Chrome on ICS devices. After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won’t get further updates.“
Ice Cream Sandwich is certainly getting long in the tooth, so a decision like this isn’t completely out of the realm of rational. What do you think?