Google will officially end support for its phones running Android 2.3 on Monday. Users whose handsets run on this version of Android will no longer be able to access Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and the Play store, among other services.
“To help protect your account’s security, you can’t sign in with your Google Account on an Android device with Android 2.3.7 or lower. If you perform any of the following actions on devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower, you may get a username or password error,” Google said on its website.
Search engine Google has urged users to upgrade their devices to a better version.
As an alternative, Google recommends signing in via the browser on that device. Although access to apps and services is limited, the app store can still be accessed via the app store.
As of 2010, a minority of handsets run Android 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread.
Statistics from Statista show that in the first half of 2020, Android 9.0 Pie was the most widely used platform. The latest version of Android is currently available, Android 11. Google will launch its Android 12 version soon.
It is the oldest version of Android that will allow access to the full Google services suite.
Millions of devices are affected by this change, the most notable of which is the original Samsung Galaxy S and S2. Initially, the latter was launched using Android 2.1 Eclair and runs on Gingerbread.
Sony Xperia, LG, Lenovo, Motorola, and HTC are among the other smartphones that will be affected.