Google is ending Play Services support for Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google will stop supporting Play Services for Android 4.4 KitKat in August. Certain apps will therefore no longer receive updates for the 2013 operating system.

Ending support means that the Play Services APK will no longer be updated after version 23.30.99 . This apk includes APIs for authentication and location services . With that apk no longer being updated, KitKat smartphones can no longer just install updates for apps using that apk unless developers make an update specifically for Android 4.4 . Since it is a relatively old operating system, developers will probably not do this soon.

KitKat is now used on less than 1 percent of all Android smartphones, according to Google. Google often stops Play services support if an operating system’s usage drops below 1 percent; previously the company did this with 4.3 Jelly Bean and 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich