Tuesday, March 3, 2015
It seems like yesterday that Chrome was first introduced on mobile devices to users running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). Since then, twenty-four new Chrome releases and three new Android versions (Jellybean, Kitkat and Lollipop) have shipped. We’ve worked hard to make sure each version was faster, simpler and more secure than the last.
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.
We’re excited to sharpen our focus on moving the web forward. If you’re interested in learning more about this change, please see the FAQ's.