If you’ve used old Android phones then it’s time to give them up. According to a new report by ’91 Mobiles, Google apps will no longer be available on phones running Android version 2.3.7 Gingerbread.
According to the report, Google apps will not be available from September 27. Google apps like Gmail, YouTube and Keep may not be usable. But users can sign in from the web. However, it is advisable for users to switch to higher versions of Android such as Android 3.0 or Android 4.0 to avoid potential problems.
“As part of our efforts to maintain the security of our users, Google devices do not allow anyone to sign in to Google Apps on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or below from September 27, 2021,” the company said. The company said that after September 27, if you sign in to Gmail, YouTube and Maps apps from your phone, you will receive a message stating that your username and password are incorrect.
Will it affect a lot of people?
No. Gingerbread and earlier Android releases are very old and are used by very few people. However, this makes it clear that Google is cutting back on the basic functionality of older phones instead of shutting down software/security updates.
According to the report, Google suggests that older phones should be avoided to protect the privacy of the account. This change indicates that Google may end its basic support, almost a decade after the release of an Android version, which may affect future versions of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich.