Closed Bug 731315 Opened 10 years ago Closed 9 years ago

Revert Fennec min SDK version back to 5


(Firefox for Android Graveyard :: General, defect, P1)



(blocking-fennec1.0 -)

Tracking Status
blocking-fennec1.0 --- -


(Reporter: rnewman, Unassigned)



Back out per <>.

Can WONTFIX if that decision becomes permanent, but I figured a bug should exist and block release, just in case.
Depends on: 727142
blocking-fennec1.0: ? → beta+
Doug/Mark/Brad - this feels like an easy blocker to clear, it just needs a decision. Who's got that call?
Priority: -- → P1
P1'ng is not a decision, blassey. :)

This is only needed if we want to support Eclair, right? Do we need to be making a product call right now?
(In reply to Johnathan Nightingale [:johnath] from comment #2)
> P1'ng is not a decision, blassey. :)
> This is only needed if we want to support Eclair, right? Do we need to be
> making a product call right now?

Sorry, I called out the decision specifically in the bug this depends on (bug 727142). We will support Eclair, need to get the crash fixed in bug 727142 before we re-enable support in the manifest (which is this bug).
Adding some context:

1.76% of Fx users are on Android 2.1 and in the overall market 6.6% of Androids are on Eclair, most of them probably on ARMv6. 

I think we can easily drop Eclair if it takes resources.
So what's the product decision here for Fx13?   This is marked beta+ and P1, so i'd like to know soon if we are going to do with 2.1 devices.   QA is set up to test a few devices in house if this patch lands, and bug 727142 certainly needs to be fixed and raised in Priority as well.
Whiteboard: [erin checking eclair beta population size]
Here are today's numbers from the Play store:

stable: 1.64% or 59,675 users on Eclair
beta: 1.18% or 2,000 users on Eclair

The overall market numbers for March are confirming the downward trend: Eclair is now at 6% of all Androids. We cannot get them anyhow, since I suspect they are on ARMv6.
Moving this back to nom. I'd like us to reconsider it based on comment 6. We're facing no competitive pressure to go this far down the stack, and it doesn't help us reach many more users. But I know Brad's argued for it before, and may bring other information to bear.
blocking-fennec1.0: beta+ → ?
Whiteboard: [erin checking eclair beta population size]
blocking-fennec1.0: ? → -
FYI, I'm running Android 2.1 on my Samsung Galaxy S400 (bought the phone 2 years ago) and Fennec nightly was running very smoothly before the SDK requirements change prevented me from getting updates.
The hardware acceleration changes we took do not work on 2.1 devices. bug 727142 would need to be fixed before fixing this bug would be useful.
Closed: 9 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
Product: Firefox for Android → Firefox for Android Graveyard
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