A new build of Google Photos is now rolling out into the Google Play Store and while it doesn’t bring any new features, it does raise the oldest supported version of Android. The new Photos build is version 3.14 and with it, API level 19 is the oldest supported level. That, for those who don’t recall, is Android KitKat.
The dropping of the now five year old Android Jelly Bean in this update to Google Photos isn’t a surprise. Google has been slowly, and mostly quietly, moving the minimum supported API level up on their apps over the past year. It is all in an effort to keep their development activities focused more on current versions of Android where they can offer more features.