A couple of summers ago, I went to a party hosted by my mom’s best friend. It was one of those languid, casual dos where people show up at various points of the afternoon just to drink some coffee, say hi, and leave.
The age ranges varied between toddler and octogenarian, and like any party, kids were running around while the parents were talking about their kids. And while it was 2017, a year after Pokémon Go had debuted, most of the kids were bugging their parents for their phones — the host’s house was near a Gym and they wanted to band together to take it over.
One of the kids was new to the game, so his dad, who was using an ancient Android phone — some mid-range LG from what looked like 2011 or 2012 — hadn’t downloaded it yet. Being the resident tech expert in the room, he asked me for help, and after waiting for entirely too long for the Play Store to load I quickly determined that his phone just wouldn’t run the game. He was running a phone with Android 2.3…