Do you still stick a Nexus One for sentimental reasons? Maybe it’s time to move on. Reddit users and 91mobiles they learned that Google will no longer allow you to sign in to the company’s apps on devices running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or earlier from September 27 onwards. You can still sign up on the web, but you’ll need to update at least on your tablet Android 3.0 (realistically, Android 4.0) if you want to avoid major problems when checking Gmail or navigating with Google Maps.
The interruption is necessary to protect the privacy of the account, Google said in an e-mail to users. We asked Google if it could explain its reasoning.
This will not affect the daily use of the phone for many people, as you can guess. Gingerbread and earlier releases of Android have such a small share of usage that they have been categorized as “other” for years, and the hardware already has trouble solving many modern tasks. However, this marks a rare instance of Google turning off basic features for older versions of Android, not just OS updates or Play services. Think of this as Google setting up a baseline – you’ll need a device updated over the last decade to get at least basic support.
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