Millions of Android phones will be blocked from using popular apps, such as Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail, from today.
Google has confirmed that some Android devices will lose access to these applications. In fact, this had been known since August.
If users do not update their Android phones or not quickly buy a new smartphone, will be excluded from the use of the applications.
Google announced the deadline in a short post on its site.
Specifically, the company had said it intended prevent users from signing in to Google Account on devices running Android 2.3. This old version of the Android operating system was released in December 2010, almost 11 years ago.
Google says it has decided to withdraw support for the old version "as part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe".
This is not the first time Google has stopped supporting older versions of Android. In fact, it is a common occurrence as the company releases new versions.
The problem with older versions of operating systems is that they are much more vulnerable to bugs and hacking attempts. Therefore, users are more likely to take risks.
The latest version of Android is Android 11, so version 2.3 is very old compared to the software used in most Android smartphones today.
In February 2017, Google suspended Google Pay Contactless on Android 2.3 devices.
Today, anyone using a device running this Android version will find that can not sign in to your Google account, losing access to Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Users who try to log in to their account will see "error”Even if they have used the right credentials to connect.
Attempting to add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to the device settings menu will display the same error.
Apart from the above, it will not work either Play Store nor other popular Google applications.
To continue using these applications, you need to upgrade your smartphone to Android 3.0. You can do this by going to your device settings and pressing System> Advanced> System Update.
However, since not all Android 2.3 devices can be upgraded to the next version, some users will be permanently barred from using the above applications (unless they change phone).
The smartphones that remain "stuck" in 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.
If you can't upgrade your device, buy a new phone or try connecting to services such as YouTube, through your browser.