In the event that they haven’t finished so already on their very own, Android builders can now not use Google Play Services for any apps that help Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The corporate beforehand stated this could occur in early 2017, and now the change notes for Google Play Services 10.2 that went dwell this week verify it’s the first with out help for Gingerbread.

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Google Play Services gives builders a set of software program libraries to allow them to add options to their Android apps. For the few remaining individuals who would possibly nonetheless be utilizing a Gingerbread-based cellphone (the OS was launched in 2010), this new transfer doesn’t imply your cellphone will cease working, however any apps that you’ve put in will probably not be up to date anymore. The end of Gingerbread help for Google Play Services can be prolonged to the firm’s Firebase shopper libraries for Android.

Whereas Gingerbread help could also be gone, Google Play Services 10.2 does add numerous new options for Android app builders to make use of. If they’re utilizing the Google Match instruments of their apps, they’ll now embody options to observe much more well being information, together with blood strain, blood glucose, oxygen saturation, physique place, physique temperature, and reproductive well being information. Apps that use the Google Maps instruments can now embody customized styling for polylines and for the outlines of polygons and circles, too.

Additionally, the Google Signal-in API can now be utilized by Android sport builders, which ought to make server-side authentication simpler for these apps. There are additionally fairly just a few enhancements for the Adverts instruments, together with new help for video belongings to Native Superior content material advertisements.

Clearly, most of those adjustments are for app builders solely, however they’ll probably result in higher Android apps in the future for shoppers, if they don’t seem to be nonetheless rocking a Gingerbread-based cellphone. Are you continue to holding onto a tool with Gingerbread put in? In all probability not, but when so, tell us in the feedback.