An estimated 32 million Android devices could very soon no longer work with the Google Chrome mobile browser. According to XDA, a recent commit revealed that the minimum API level for the Chrome mobile browser app will be raised from 4.1 to 4.4. That means that those still running an Android handset powered by Jelly Bean will no longer be able to use the most popular mobile browser on earth with over 1 billion installs on Android alone.

Based on the latest distribution figures, Jelly Bean (4.1 to 4.3) is still in use on 3.2% of Android devices. With roughly 1 billion phones and tablets running Google’s open source mobile operating system, approximately 32 million devices are affected by this change. When this change will take place, we don’t know. But we wouldn’t be surprised to see a large number of these phones updated to a newer Android handset sporting a more recent build.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released to the public on July 10th 2012. The first stable version of the mobile Chrome browser for Android came on June 27th, 2012.



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