Google Chrome browser will no longer support Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or older

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As the Google introduces new versions of their smartphone Operating System Android, app support for the older smartphones also goes off because of the development limitations set on old versions. Many apps including WhatsApp had already withdrawn their support for the Android versions older than KitKat or Jelly Bean. Now, the news is from Google itself. The company seems to have decided to stop the support for Google Chrome in Android 4.1-4.3 Jelly Bean and other older versions.

The oldest version of Android which the Google Chrome supports now is the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. All other older smartphones have no Google Chrome but the Android WebView Browser. From any of the future updates, the same will apply to the Jelly Bean as well, and the KitKat will become the last version that could install and run Google Chrome browser.

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The code related to the support cut short was found with the Chromium project source code, via XDA-Developers. The change in Google Chrom browser is likely to affect almost 3.5% of Android smartphone users who are still on the Android Jelly Bean. By extending the support to the newer version and trimming down the oldest one from the list, Google Chrome will be able to overcome with the development limitations due to the lack of API.