Google Calendar will soon stop working on millions of Android

Google Calendar will soon stop working on millions of Android devices

The Android 7.0 Nougat operating system came out in 2016, seven years ago, and although most applications still run on this platform, Google itself is starting to phase out support for it. The Chrome browser will no longer run as of version 120, and Google Calendar will likely be next. And although the market share of such an old version of Android is not high, in absolute numbers it is used by millions of people around the world and they will soon lose some features.

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Signs that Android Nougat support is coming discovered in the Google Calendar application (version 2023.46.0-581792699-release) – a new option has appeared here: UnsupportedOperatingSystem__enabled. When activated, a message will appear on older gadgets asking you to update the device to Android Oreo 8.0 or a newer version of the operating system so that the application continues to work.

There have been no official announcements from Google about ending support for Calendar on older operating systems, but the company has many reasons for taking this action. Older Android versions are increasingly prone to vulnerabilities and lack new features. Older devices often lack the hardware resources to handle the latest app features, leading to slowdowns, crashes, and other issues that force developers to make drastic decisions. The user base of older Android devices is steadily decreasing and supporting a minority does not make economic sense.

Supporting older operating systems creates clutter in application code, making it even more difficult to develop. Therefore, Calendar may just be the tip of the iceberg – other Google apps may share its fate.

Note that according to AppBrain, 3.8% of Android-based smartphones and tablets today use versions of Android 7.0 and 7.1. According to Statista, these systems together power 2.37% of Android devices in use. Be that as it may, according to various sources, there are now 2.5 to 3 billion Android devices worldwide, which means that even a small percentage of this number corresponds to millions of users.


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Robbie Elmers

Robbie Elmers is a staff writer for Tech News Space, covering software, applications and services.

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