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Google to remove services on older Android versions by September 2021

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Android devices with 2.3.7 Gingerbread or earlier version will no longer be supported by September 27, 2021.
Google to remove services on older Android versions by September 2021
End of Gingerbread and older

Google ends support for Gingerbread and older

It's no surprise that Google and other developers occasionally remove earlier versions of Android from their support lines, focusing their attention instead on the most recent versions currently on the market. Aside from them, even companies like Facebook and WhatsApp had gone the same route.

Based on what Zak Pollack, Community Manager on the Android Help forum had said that the removal of support is due to concerns about the security of user's data. Furthermore, he also mentioned that errors from usernames or passwords are expected to happen soon. Those who will attempt to access apps like Gmail and YouTube will only receive error notifications.

AS PART OF OUR ONGOING EFFORTS TO KEEP OUR USERS SAFE, GOOGLE WILL NO LONGER ALLOW LOGINS ON ANDROID DEVICES RUNNING ANDROID 2.3.7 OR LOWER AS OF SEPTEMBER 27, 2021. IF YOU LOG IN TO YOUR DEVICE AFTER SEPTEMBER 27, YOU MAY GET USERNAME OR PASSWORD ERRORS WHEN TRYING TO USE GOOGLE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES SUCH AS GMAIL, YOUTUBE, AND MAPS.

Because of such reasons, the company encourages users to check if their devices have any outstanding updates on their old smartphones. Devices with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and higher should also be included in the upgrade. Some devices have the ability to restore to custom ROMs in order to avoid losing access. However, we don't know how many modified ROMs for smartphones that died with Gingerbread 2.3 are available.

The support from older versions of the OS being removed may not be significant for most people. However many users across the globe had this Android version as their main OS.

This sets off a red alert for certain uses. After all, in the coming years, the support in the current versions of the OS  today will also be removed. As a result, it is essential to look for phone brands that have a clear update program. Right now, Google has a mandatory 2-year update on the smartphone companies.

Source: Google, Via: GizChina
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