30 July 2021
Google has announced that it will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021. Google has clearly said that if still anyone tries to sign in after the aforementioned date, they may see some bugs that will eventually restrict them from signing in. Users will get username or password users whenever they try to use any Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
It is advised to either upgrade to the next available version (well, if the device is eligible for the same) or switch to a new Android phone running any newer upgrade. You could, however, only be able to sign in to your Google account on your device’s web browser.
Google also reminds the users that the issue can become more problematic in some cases. For instance, just in case you perform a factory reset of your device someday (after September 27, 2021) and try to sign in then you will not able to sign in to your device. Another case where the problem could arrive is during the removal and re-adding of the account on your device.
So, being on the newer Android version will allow you to continue to use Google’s products and services without any issue.
According to a report from Appbrain, Google’s oldest Android OS versions have an almost negligible contribution to the overall adoption of the OS. Android 10 has the highest, while the devices running Android 4 have a minute role in it.
Maintaining support for old versions of Android becomes difficult over time. Thus the devices running these OS versions become prone to risks. So, it is better to pull the plug on the oldest versions and shift focus to the newer ones.