Google has taken its first steps towards ending support for Android 2.3 (Android Gingerbread), and Android 3.0 (Android Honeycomb). According to Android Developers Blog, the next version of Google Play Services v10.2.0 will only support from Android 4.0 upwards. Increasing the API level from 9 to 14 ( not supported by Android 2.3 and 3.0), the update will happen early 2017.
Why is Google ditching Android Gingerbread?
The Gingerbread platform is almost six years old. Many Android developers have already discontinued support for Gingerbread in their apps. This helps them build better apps that make use of the newer capabilities of the Android platform. For us, the situation is the same. By making this change, we will be able to provide a more robust collection of tools for Android developers with greater speed.
Do you still fall within the bracket of Android 2.3 users? You should consider upgrading to a newer device to enjoy the full Android experience.