According recent update,If you are holding on to a really old Android device – one that’s running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or earlier – then take note that you won’t be able to use your Google account to sign into apps like Gmail or YouTube on it from the end of September to first week of October 2021.
As per a forum post from Google, the functionality for affected devices is stopping on September 27, though if you really need to you can still access these services on ancient hardware through the built-in web browser,Considering the tablet-focused Android 3 (Honeycomb) and Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) both debuted in 2011, we’re only talking about a very small percentage of devices here, and the vast majority of users shouldn’t have to burden.
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“If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps,” explains the post, with users encouraged to upgrade their software if they can.
Some of the devices that are still all the way back on Android 2.3.7 are also missing out on a decade’s worth of new features and innovations that Google has added to its mobile operating system since, so they’re well overdue for an upgrade.
Older versions of Android have long been left behind in terms of security patches and updates for Google Play services, which handle a lot of background tasks for these updates.
The rumours that Google sign-in support is going to be dropped for devices running Android 2.3.7 or earlier is only going to directly affect a small fraction of users, and perhaps an electronics gadget museum or two.