Wordpress Wont Support Older Android Users
Published on: 17th May 2014
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The popular blogging platform, Wordpress has announced that it will drop support for older Android smartphones when it releases its next upgrade.
The company says that usage of the Gingerbread variant OS has now fallen to below 10 percent, and it is no longer viable to maintain support for older handsets in its Android apps.
In a provocative statement, the company said that "over 90% of our customers are paying a "Gingerbread tax" - waiting longer for new versions and not seeing features that take advantage of their phones - so that we can continue supporting older devices."
The next release will be due later this month, and will only support devices running Android 4.0 or higher.
While it makes sense for developers to eventually drop support for older versions of software platforms, or web browsers, there is still a large debate about where the cut-off point should be.
Many would argue that cutting off 10 percent of the customer base might be too high a level.
Fortunately for users of older phones, the older version of the Wordpress app will remain available on the Google Play store, and their handset should reject the upgrade request when the new incompatible app is released.