Google has announced plans to finally start phasing out the old Android Market. The service, which remains the only official marketplace on earlier versions of Android, will no longer be available after June 30 on Android 2.1 Eclair and below.
“When this change happens, users on these devices will no longer be able to access, or install other apps from, the Android Market,” Google explains in a post on its Android Developers Blog. “The change will happen without a notification on the device, due to technical restrictions in the original Android Market app.”
The Android Market has been replaced by the Google Play Store in more recent versions of Android, so unless you’re still using an old smartphone or tablet, you won’t have to worry about this change. According to Google’s latest figures, less than 0.1 percent of devices are still running Eclair or earlier versions of the Android platform.
It’s been 7 years since Eclair 2.1 made its debut, and as Google notes, most developers no longer support it anyway. With that being the case, it seems silly to continue maintaining old versions of Android Market place for such a tiny number of users. For now, the Android Market will continue to work on newer versions of Android.
Google says that will remain the case “for as long as possible,” but it seems this is the beginning of the end for the Android Market.