Google has announced that the next Chrome update will only be available for mobile phones with Android 8 Oreo or a later version, leaving all those terminals that have Android Nougat without support.
It is common that, as new updates to an application arrive, it no longer supports older versions of Android and good proof of this is that, recently, we learned that WhatsApp stopped supporting all devices with Android 4.4, a variant of Google’s operating system that arrived 10 years ago.
Well, something similar is going to happen now with Google Chrome, since the big G has announced that its web browser is going to stop working on some old Android phones very soon.
Google Chrome will stop updating on Android Nougat phones
The Mountain View company has confirmed through the Google Chrome support page that the next update of its web browser, 120, will only reach terminals with Android Oreo 8.0 or laterleaving out all mobile phones that have Android Nougat or an earlier variant.
This means that if you still have a smartphone with Android 7, this will stop receiving Google Chrome updatessomething that will not cause the big G browser to stop working immediately, but will mean that possible bugs will not be solved and, therefore, ceases to be usable in a short period of time.
Although Google has not specified the exact date of the end of Chrome support for smartphones with Android Nougat, it is most likely that this will materialize next December 6since that’s the day the next big update to your web browser will arrive to both mobile devices and computers with Windows, MacOS and Linux.
In this way, Google Chrome catches up with other web browsers that are not compatible with older Android versions such as Samsung Internet that also requires Android 8.0 Oreo to work or Opera that only works on terminals with Android 12 or a later version.