The company also pointed out that these older versions of Android are no longer supported by most app developers. Its market share has now shrunk to a negligible share of below 0.1%, with Gingerbread (2.3) nearing a similar fate with a 0.8% figure.
Last year, a Pokemon GO guide app, which managed to amass more than 500,000 downloads, was taken down after being uncovered as a vector for malware infection, enabling hackers to root devices and shower users with ads. Magic browser, uploaded to Google Play on May 17, masqueraded as an "ultra-fast, simple and practical mobile browser", while Noise Detector promised to let you "easily measure the noise level of the current environment".
It is very hard to imagine that many people are still using mobile phones running the Android 2.1 Eclair and older. Sadly, while it'll forever remain as a symbol of Android's birth, it looks like Google has finally made a decision to pull the plug on the already-defunct app store.
The Play Store has been available for around five years now, but a little known fact is that it only works on Android 2.2 and later.
The decision means that devices on Eclair and below will no longer be able to install apps through an official source at all, and will only have the option to manually install APK files of the apps they want. However, Google says that it will 'still be supporting later versions of Android Market for as long as feasible'. Plus, side-loading apps will probably remain as an option. Meaning, devices running on Android 2.1 (Éclair) and lower still used Android Market.