Google has announced that it is withdrawing support for Maps, Gmail, YouTube, and multiple other apps for millions of smartphone users from today. The latest Google update is for Android phones running on an outdated version. Basically, smartphones running on Android 2.3.7 or lower versions will no longer be able to sign in to most Google apps. Also Read - Best laptops to buy under Rs 45,000 in October 2021: Dell Inspiron 3515, Acer Aspire 5, more
To recall, Android 2.3.7 was launched back in December 2010. After over 10 years, Google has announced to no longer allow Android 2.3.7 or lower users to access its suite of apps. Also Read - Now you will have to pay a processing fee for mobile recharges on PhonePe
“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. 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,” the company said in a statement. Also Read - Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — The Definitive Edition trailer released: Here's your first look
Google is asking users to update to Android 3.0 or above to continue using YouTube, Gmail, and most of its apps and services.
Users who cannot update to Android 3.0 or above will not be able to access these services using the respective apps. However, they can still log in to their Google account and use some of these services like YouTube, Maps, Gmail, and more via the web browser.
These Google apps stop working on these phones
The list of apps that will stop working on Android phones running on older software versions includes YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more.
Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, Sony Xperia S, LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532 users have already been intimated that their phones will be affected with this development.