Google released Android Gingerbread in December 2010. Although the support for it ended years ago, there are still some devices out there running this primitive version of Android, which is currently over 10 and a half years old.
According to the new announcement, these ancient devices along with others running even older versions of Android will become more useless by the end of September.
As per a report by 9to5Google, Google has sent an email to users with devices running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and low.
The email states that the search giant is ending support for Google account sign-in on these older versions of Android on September 26.
From September 27, users will be seeing a “username or password error” while performing the following actions.
- Sign in to your account.
- Remove your account from your device and re-add it.
- Create an account on the device
- Perform a factory reset of your device and try to sign in.
- Change your password either on the device or on a different device, which then signs you out everywhere else, and when you try to sign in again.
The company says that this measure is to help users in protecting their account’s security.
As a result, users with the following versions of Android will not be able to access Google apps like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and others from September 27.
- Android 1.0
- Android 1.1
- Android 1.5 Cupcake
- Android 1.6 Donut
- Android 2.0 Eclair
- Android 2.2 Froyo
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Google recommends users update to a newer version of Android (3.0+) if there’s an option. Else, they can continue using some Google services via the phone’s web browser.