Rest in Peace, Android Jelly Bean. Google announces that Play services will end next month

Android Jelly Bean was the Android version that many of us are familiar with. It was the OS version that made Android mainstream. The OS was launched in 2012. That’s when songs like Gangnam Style and that’s also when popular YouTubers hit the mainstream. Time passes no?

If you’re still using a phone with Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” as its operating system, maybe consider an upgrade? Even the cheapest phone uses Android 10 or 11 now. You can also keep your phone (if it’s still standing that is) and instead go for a custom ROM that can upgrade it to the latest version of Android.

Google is stopping all support for Android Jelly Bean next month, including Play Services, which means after next month, Google Play will no longer work. Besides, many apps have already dropped support for such an old OS version a few years ago, it’s already a telltale sign that you have to change your phone.

On August 2021, Google will update Jelly Bean’s Play Services version 21.30.99, the last update. It applies to every variant of Android, from 4.1 to 4.3

KitKat users, be prepared because in a few years, Google will drop its support for that, too. If this article is not encouraging enough to tell you that you need an upgrade, we don’t know what is.

Source: Android Authority