If you have an old Android device running Gingerbread version 2.3.7 or earlier, you won’t be able to use your Google account to sign into apps like Gmail or YouTube with it at the end of September.
According to a forum post from Google, the functionality of the affected devices will stop on September 27. That’s although if you need to, you can still access these services via older devices through the built-in web browser.
Given that both Android 3 Honeycomb – which is focused on tablets – and Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich debuted in 2011, that’s a very small percentage of devices. No need to worry for the vast majority of users.
The post explains: If you sign in to your device after September 27, you may get a username or password errors when trying to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps, while encouraging users to upgrade their software if they can.
A major part of this tweak is security, as newer software tends to be more secure than older software, especially over a 10-year timescale. No one wants their Google account to be hacked due to an old security flaw.
Devices still running Android 2.3.7 are also missing out on new features and innovations. that Google added to its mobile operating system over the course of a decade.
Old Android devices lose Google account features
These old versions of Android have always been abandoned in terms of security patches and updates for Google Play Services. That handles a lot of background tasks for these updates.
Google Play Services support for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will end next month.
The news directly affects only a small portion of the users. But it was a reminder of how important it is for Google and other tech giants to set a time limit for outdated software and hardware as newer versions and hardware are released.
Older hardware does not have the ability to run the latest software. This means security holes, major hassles for developers, and user experiences that get worse over time.