You need to stop using Chrome on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 3, 2015
Google Android

If you are running an Android device with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and use the Chrome browser on it, you may want to switch to another browser soon as Google just announced that it will not support the browser after the release of Chrome 42 for that version of the operating system.

While that does not mean that you cannot use the browser anymore, the most recent version of it will still work on the device, it means that Google won't release any updates for it after Chrome 43 is released.

Updates include feature updates but also the important security and stability updates. This in turn means that vulnerabilities discovered in Chrome will not be patched for the system anymore as it stands right now.

Google has created a FAQ page on the Chromium Projects website detailing the changes.

According to Google, the reason for the change is that the number of Ice Cream Sandwich devices is dropping, and that it takes considerable effort to support these devices with Chrome updates.

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Not only do changes need to be tested against Ice Cream Sandwich's codebase, it is also often necessary to use workarounds due to API restrictions.

The change affects 5.9% of all devices running Android according to Google's Android developer dashboard which is almost twice as much as devices running Lollipop currently.

It is clear that these numbers will change in the coming months and that Ice Cream Sandwich use will drop further when users start to update their devices or buy new ones that support newer versions.

One option for users of affected devices is to switch to Firefox for Android which supports all versions of Android starting with version 2.3. While that is likely going to change as well in the future, Mozilla has not made any announcements in this regard until now.

Chrome for Android is currently available as version 40 which means that users have still some time left before making the switch to another browser on their device.

Tip: You can check the version of Android that you are running in the settings and there on about phone to display its version and other information about it.

To check the version of Chrome, load chrome://version in the browser to display the information.

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Google announced that it will stop supporting Chrome on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich after the release of Chrome 42.

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  1. Mikael said on April 23, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Chrome 43 beta is still one API lvl 14 like the old once for Android 4.0

  2. Budgie said on March 9, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    We MUST be able to REMOVE these UNSUPPORTED GOOGLE products (sic) from OUR phones.

    Unfortunately there is currenlty no way of doing so within the GOOGLE Andriod OS. The whole Andriod permissions model and the way these various applicatons steal phone resources and then go on to steal our data is a major concern. Stop the rot GOOGLE!

  3. Doc said on March 5, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Not a problem for me (I have a 4.0.1 phone and a 4.0.4 tablet) as I’ve rooted both and removed Chrome entirely. Firefox FTW! :)

  4. YB said on March 4, 2015 at 6:14 am

    So now people must update their f***ing phone just to continue using Chrome. This is a terrible idea. Guess I will be using Dolphin browser permanently.

    What the bloody Hell is the f**k wrong with Google!!!!!!!

  5. Rookie Cookie said on March 4, 2015 at 3:05 am

    Does it only entail for 4.0? My version says its 4.4, but I just want to make sure ;w;

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on March 4, 2015 at 7:48 am

      Yes, only versions starting with 4.0

  6. Paldumais said on March 4, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Every version bump (including MR releases) of Android is one API level.

    ICS was API level 14, while KK is 19, Wear was 20, and LP 21. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to stop support for a version of Android that is now 7 “generations” old.

  7. Ged said on March 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    “Not only do changes need to be tested against Ice Cream Sandwich’s codebase, it is also often necessary to use workarounds due to API restrictions.”
    Aren’t Google the ones who built those stupid API restrictions in the first place..?

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