Google has confirmed that it will restrict users of mobile devices with older Android software version from accessing Google apps starting today (27 September).
According to the announcement from Google, devices using the Android 2.3 launched back in 2010 will be locked out of Google.
Google also mention that this move is part of Google’s going efforts to keep our users safe, as the older versions of operating systems are way more vulnerable to bugs and hackers.
The latest version of Android is Android 11, so Android 2.3 is far behind the software running on most Android smartphones these days.
Meanwhile, Google suggested users to update their mobile phone to the newer versions or upgrade their software to Android 3.0 for them to access the Google apps again, else they will be logged out from their accounts.
The popular Google apps that will stop working include Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Play Store, Google Calendar and more.
Smartphones that remain stuck with Android 2.3 include Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, Sony Xperia S, LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532.
However, Google said that users who are unable to upgrade their devices can still access their services through the device’s web browser.
Are you still using a device with Android 2.3? You may want to consider upgrading your device to enjoy the services Google provide.