Today, Google announced that they are ending the support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for future Play Service. Which means that new updates for the app on the older version of Andriod, according to the 9to5Google. Of the 2 Billion plus monthly active users the majority runs on Andriod 7.0 Nougat along with a huge number also using Android 6.0 Marshmallow and Android 8.0 Oreo.
The older version of the OS is losing their place on the distribution chart, and Ice cream Sandwich is nearly ending. As spotted in the Andriod Developers blog Google play service has dropped the support for API levels 14 and 15, marking the end of Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It means Play store will no longer contain update Play Services beyond version 14.7.99.
The Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) platform is seven years old and the active device count has been below 1% for some time. Consequently, we are deprecating support for ICS in future releases of Google Play services. For devices running ICS, the Google Play Store will no longer update Play Services APK beyond version 14.7.99
It is not a shocking news because according to the Google Developers dashboard, from October 26th only a small 0.03 percentage of Android users were running on Andriod 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Most of these devices were not even in use as daily smartphones. Its almost been 7 years since Andriod ice cream Sandwich came into the market and it arrived alongside Galaxy Nexus and marked a big change for Google design language as well.
By looking at the Poor state of Android software updates, If you are still using a phone with an Ice cream sandwich software you may not get an update to Jelly Bean anytime soon.