If you’re struggling with an older version of Android, the end of the road is finally here. Google has confirmed plans to prevent users from signing in with their Google account on these devices. This causes a number of popular apps, from Google Maps to YouTube, to stop working immediately. WhatsApp ditched this outdated version of Android last year.
Everyone who owns a smartphone with Android 2.3 is affected by the latest change. The operating system, which came under the Gingerbread brand when Google used dessert names for every major version of Android, was first launched in December 2010.
Google says it is now withdrawing support for the platform “as part of our effort to protect our users”. In February 2017, contactless payments from Google Pay were discontinued on all mobile phones with Android 2.3. As of September 27, the Californian company has confirmed plans to prevent all users from signing in with a Google account.
Later this month, users who try to sign in to their Android device receive a username and password error – even though the information they entered is correct. Trying to add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to the device’s settings menu also throws the same error. A number of other popular Google-made apps that rely on Google Account, including YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more, also stop working.
To continue using these apps, you need to update your smartphone to Android 3.0. However, since not all devices with Android 2.3 make the leap to the next version of the operating system, some users will never be able to use these applications again. If you can’t upgrade to a new device, Google offers a workaround.
You can access some of these Google services using the web browser on Android. However, the apps are permanently blocked on your handset.
If you are not sure which version of Android you are using on your device, you can easily check by going to. walk System> Advanced> System Update.
Some of the most popular smartphones that get stuck with Android 2.3 are 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.
As the seventh major iteration of Android, Gingerbread is one of the most iconic product launches in the platform’s history. It was the first with an annual update plan – a release schedule that Google has adhered to ever since. The latest version of the operating system, Android 12, is due to appear on Google’s own Pixel smartphones in October 2021. Other manufacturers such as OnePlus and Samsung will follow.