Google today confirmed that devices running on Android 2.3.7 or lower operating system will no longer be supported with effect today. The search-engine giants noted that the affected users will not be able to sign in to or use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
“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 in to your device, you may get a username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps,” a Google spokesperson explained.
Google said it’s withdrawing support for the platform “as part of our going efforts to keep our users safe”.
Google’s plan is to rest the aging OS, Android 2.3 which launched in December 2010 to open the way for Android 11. Updates are available to all except older devices which can’t always run newer Android versions. Unless users with older Android OS swiftly buy a new mobile, they will be locked out.
To check what version of Android OS your device has, open the Settings app. Near the bottom, tap System >> Advanced >> System update. You will see your “Android version” and “Security patch level.” If your version is above the required OS, you’re on the safe side.
If your device has received the Android 11 update, proceed to make the update. Google rolls out the new release of new software gradually. Update schedules vary by device, manufacturer, and mobile carrier.
Smartphones will be affected
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.
Google is also working on Android 12 and the Public Beta is available for Pixel users. Other OEMs participating in the Android 12 Beta include OnePlus, Asus, iQoo, Oppo, Realme, TCL, Tecno, Xiaomi, and ZTE.