Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail Will no longer work on old Android OS

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Google has announced on their official website that devices running older Android Operating systems will no longer have access to most of their services which includes Google Map, Gmail, and Youtube. It's time to update your device or upgrade to a new device with a recent Android OS

Google is deleting several of its most popular services from out-of-date smartphones in the next few days. From September 27, a small number of Android devices will lose access to Google Maps, YouTube, and Gmail, according to Google. Millions of individuals worldwide will be shut out of the software unless they upgrade their phones or quickly purchase a new phone.

A brief blog post on Google's website announced the deadline. According to Google, users who use Android 2.3 smartphones will not check-in using their Google Account. Google's operating system, which is already outdated, was released in December 2010.

"As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users secure," Google said it is discontinuing support for the platform. Google's support for previous application versions diminishes over time as newer versions of Android are introduced. Because older operating systems are considerably more prone to vulnerabilities and hackers, this is the case.

Android 11 is the most recent version. Thus 2.3 is years behind the software seen on today's Android handsets. Google disabled Google Pay contactless payments on devices running Android 2.3 in February 2017. Users of devices running the software will be unable to access their Google accounts at the end of the month.

Even if they've entered the proper credentials, they'll get a username and password error. A similar issue will occur if you add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to the device's settings menu. YouTube, Google Play, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and other popular Google apps will be unavailable.

You'll need to update your smartphone to Android 3.0 to continue using these applications. You may do so by going to SystemSystem> Advanced > System Update in your device's settings.

However, because not all smartphones running Android 2.3 will upgrade, some users will be permanently blocked from using most of the Google services.

Smartphones running Android 2.3 include the 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.

If you can't upgrade your device, you may always get around the problem by using your browser to access services like YouTube.


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