Google has confirmed that a number of its most popular apps, including Gmail, Calendar, Google Maps and YouTube, will stop working on some older Android smartphones starting tomorrow.
It seems that WhatsApp will not be affected by the change because it abandoned the old version of Android last year, so who should worry about these essential smartphone apps being discontinued tomorrow?
The report revealed that anyone with a smartphone running Android 2.3 will be affected by the change, Google confirmed.
The mobile operating system, which was launched under the “Gingerbread” brand when Google used to use candy names for every major Android update, was first introduced in December 2010, and Google says it is now withdrawing support for the platform “as part of our efforts to keep the platform safe.” our users.”
In February 2017, the company stopped all Google Pay contactless payments from working on any phones running Android 2.3 and now, starting September 27, Google is going one step further by confirming plans to prevent all users from logging into these tools with a Google account.
From tomorrow, users trying to log into their Android device will receive an incorrect username and password – even though the details they entered will be correct.
Attempting to add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to the device’s Settings menu will also result in the same error. A number of other popular apps built by the company that rely on a Google account, including YouTube, Google Play, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar and more, will also stop working.
To continue using these apps, you will need to update your smartphone to Android 3.0. However, as not all devices running Android 2.3 can move to the next version of the operating system, some users will not be able to use these apps again.
And if you can’t buy a new device, Google offers an alternative solution, using the Android web browser, where it will be possible to access some of these Google services, however, the apps will be permanently blocked on your phone.
And if you are not sure what Android version you are running on your device, you can easily check by heading to System > Advanced Options > System Update.
As the seventh major release for Android, Gingerbread is one of the most popular releases in the platform’s history, and was the first to arrive with an annual update plan – a release schedule that Google has adhered to ever since. October 2021 on Google’s Pixel smartphones.