Chrome 42 will be the last version for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Ironically, Google first launched Chrome for Android many years ago for Ice Cream Sandwich users. Now that era is ending for the browser. In a post on the official Chromium blog today, Google stated:

In the last year, we've seen the number of Chrome users running ICS drop by thirty percent. Developing new features on older phones has become increasingly challenging, and supporting ICS takes time away from building new experiences on the devices owned by the vast majority of our users. So, with Chrome's 42nd release, we'll stop updating Chrome on ICS devices. After Chrome 42, users on ICS devices can continue to use Chrome but won't get further updates.

It's likely this change will only affect a few users. Most Chrome users have likely bought a new smartphone or updated to one with a more modern version of Android.

Source: Chromium blog

John Callaham