Google has announced that it will prevent any logging into the services it offers to smartphones running older versions of Android. The company is disabling logins from phones running Android 2.3.7 (aka Gingerbread) or any version below as of September 27, 2021.
The Google Community Manager has advised Users must update to newer versions of Android that are 3.0 (Honeycomb), to maintain access to Google applications and services on that device.
“When support for logging in with a Google account on Android 2.3.7 and earlier versions ends, you will get a username or password error if you try to log into your devices or add an email or calendar account” Other factors They have mentioned that these errors could lead to include;
- Factory resets
- Change account passwords on any device you are signed in to.
- Delete the account and add it again.
- Creating a new account on unsupported devices.
Are the now common software updates that include safe browsing likely out of the reach of these devices? Probably given that Google says its move is part of efforts to keep its users safe.
Is there a way to access your Google account after that if you can’t update before the deadline? Fortunately, yes. Your account will continue to be available through the usual web browsers.
Android Gingerbread and versions below that were released over 10 years ago, and it’s safe to say that not many devices on the market still run these versions. Still, it is crucial that you know that you are about to be expelled if you are one of them.