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Hey guys, 

I'm a writer for PhoneArena.com and I'm working on a piece about Android development, but unfortunately, I'm not a developer, so I don't know a lot of the more intricate things about developing for Android. 

The idea is inspired by +Koushik Dutta saying that he is considering "adopting an Android 4.0+ only app development policy", and I wanted to get some ideas as to what you all see as the pros/cons to this approach.

I understand that dropping support for 2.x leaves out just under 50% of the market, but I guess I'm wondering how much you find that those users use apps. Koush and some commenters have insinuated that the Play stats for apps show that most users that actually download apps are on 4.x anyway. 

What do you think? What are the pros/cons of developing only for Android 4.0+?

Thanks!
-Mike
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+Jordan Bailey That's one of the things I'm trying to get at. If Android 2.x users are less likely to use apps, are you really cutting out half of the market?
 
+Michael Heller I have said on many occasion that the 2.3 users are people who aren't die hard android users. Gingerbread users no longer relevant because some of them own a nexus 7. 2.3 are mostly budget users who don't care about apps to buy them. I'll advise any android developer to develop for android 4.0. 
 
+Michael Heller the numbers sound right. Think of it this way. Let's say Chevy says they will no longer market commercials to cities which have a higher number of registrations of older Chevy's year after year. This shows that those who have older cars don't care about amenities but rather getting from point A to point B. Chances are they won't buy a new Chevy anytime soon.

With Android you could say that those with 2.x probably don't know to update or don't know. These are the same people that might only use their phones for email or chatting with family members... Non- power users. Chances are these users aren't the type that will buy apps in the first place. So why spend money to develop for that market? Those that have 4.x probably buy apps and are on the cutting edge. That's the market you develop for heavily.

Oh... Need a writer? Let me know lol
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