The smartphones running Android 2.3.7 or earlier will no longer have access to Google services from September 27, the company announced Tuesday. In order to justify this decision, Google has put forward its « permanent efforts to ensure the safety of users », their accounts can no longer be as secure as on the most recent versions, reports Phonandroid .
Thus, the Californian giant recommended to those concerned to opt « for a more recent version of Android, 3.0 » or a later version. Among the Google applications that will no longer be available from September 27 include Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail. After the deadline, the system will no longer recognize the usernames and passwords of clients using an older operating system and an error message will be displayed.
Possibility to go through the web version of the applications
Owners of a smartphone that does not allow an Android update will still be able to continue using some of Google’s portals through their web versions. For example, their Google account will be accessible via the URL myaccount.google.com and their Gmail email on mail.google.com. The other solution is to buy a newer terminal, added Phonandroid .
Users of Android version 2.3.7 or later will also be unable to log in with their username and password if they create a new Google account on their smartphone or if they delete their account and try to add it. It also won’t work if they reset their phone to factory settings or change their password.
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