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According to a support document, if you still have a smartphone running Android 2.3.7 (the last version of Gingerbread) or older, you won’t be able to login in to your Google account on that device starting September 27th (via Liliputing).
“Starting September 27, 2021, as part of our continuous efforts to keep our customers secure, Google will no longer enable sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower,” the firm states. “If you sign into your device after September 27, you may receive username or password problems while attempting to access Google goods and services such as Gmail, YouTube, or Maps.”
Android 2.3.7 was launched over ten years ago, to give you an indication of how old a device may be affected by this update. However, given that there are already over three billion active Android smartphones in the wild, this move will certainly affect a large number of individuals who are still using outdated technology.
According to Google, if you’re using Android 2.3.7 or older after September 27th, you’ll still be able to utilise some Google services if you’re signed in on your device’s browser. However, Google states that smartphones running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will continue to be able to log in to Google accounts, so if your older device can be upgraded, you should.