Popular Google apps like Gmail, Youtube and Google Maps will soon stop working on a number of smartphones. Read on to find out if your device is also affected.
Google app lock on select phones
Google has announced that people who use smartphones with Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread or older can no longer access them Gmail, Youtube and Google Maps on their devices. This came into force on September 27th.
If your smartphone is running Android version 2.3.7 or earlier, you will therefore not be able to sign in to the Google apps mentioned above. When you try to sign in, Google returns an error and continues to do so until the device is updated. For the uninitiated, these Google apps require users to sign in to their Google accounts for easy access to them and their app history.
A previous statement from Google said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to protect our users, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower as of September 27, 2021 if you try Google products and services such as Gmail, Youtube, and cards“.
While users on older phones can still access these apps through the built-in browser, they won’t be able to use the app-specific features. Therefore, it would make more sense for them to update their devices.
Such users can update the Android operating system on their phone by updating the software (accessed through the settings menu) on their smartphone. If the smartphone no longer supports an updated version of Android, the best thing to do is to upgrade to a newer smartphone.
It is noteworthy that this change does not affect many users as not many are still using a phone with a 10 year old Android operating system.
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