Some good things sadly come to an end. We accept that. For older things, some really must come to an end, especially if they are as old as Android Jelly Bean. The version of the Android operating system is almost ten years old, and was released in 2012. We believe that Jelly Bean has already performed well. Google Play services for Jelly Bean will be discontinued. This includes API levels 16, 17 and 18. Obviously, this move will affect not only developers, but also consumers who may still be using the old Android.
Currently, the Android Jelly Bean device count is below 1 percent. Android developers have been working on updates and improvements for the JB platform, but they won’t be releasing any in the future. Version 21.30.99 of the APK of Google Play services and later will no longer be updated. The last release may be August of this year.
Application developers can expect to see some bugs in the future. Adjustments are required from developers, but app updates can be more difficult, especially on Jelly Bean devices or older phones.
Simply put, support for Google Play services will be deprecated, including API levels 16, 17, and 18. If you are an app developer, we recommend that you use API level 19 (KitKat). This will now be the minimum supported API level. What mentioned, you can also create multiple APKs that support devices with an API level lower than 19.
For the remaining Android Jelly Bean phone users, their old phones can still install most of the apps available on the Play Store, as long as their device is the target. However, it is recommended that you upgrade to a newer Android OS, which means getting a new device.