According to the latest announcement from Google, devices running on its pretty older versions of Android will become more useless by the end of September. The tech giant is now sending out emails to Android users warning that devices with Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) and earlier will be blocked from logging into Google Accounts from late September.
“As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe; Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021;” Android Help Community Manager Zak Pollack explained”.
From September 27, users will be seeing a “username or password error” while performing the following actions.
- Sign in to your account.
- Remove your account from your device and re-add it.
- Create an account on the device
- Perform a factory reset of your device and try to sign in.
- Change your password either on the device or on a different device, which then signs you out everywhere else, and when you try to sign in again.
What all these implies is that users with the following versions of Android will not be able to access Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others from September 27.
- Android 1.0
- Android 1.1
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.0 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Google recommends users update to a newer version of Android (3.0+) if there’s an option. Else, they can continue using some Google services via the phone’s web browser. As for the new version of Android 12, then its official launch should take place this fall.