Google Set to Block Gmail, YouTube, and Some Other Applications on Old Android Phones

In response to the increasing calls of improving user security, Google is taking firm action against older Android smartphones. Google is set to flush out obsolete and older Android phones that are primarily running on Android 2.3 or lower. Users will either have to upgrade to a newer version or buy a new smartphone to continue using popular Google applications. 

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Google Pushes to Improve Data Security and Privacy

Google has confirmed that an array of popular applications such as Maps, Calendar, YouTube, and Gmail will be unavailable for older Android phones from tomorrow. 

If you are using an older smartphone – which runs on a very old version of Android, there is some bad news for you. Google has announced that it will block every user from logging in with their Google Account on older smartphones from September 27. 

With this change in place, a number of popular applications such as YouTube and Google Maps will stop working. Google said that all users with a smartphone powered by Android 2.3 will be at the receiving end of this update. 

Android 2.3 was released under the ‘Gingerbread” brand in 2011. At that time, Google used dessert names for each Android version. The company is withdrawing support for Android 2.3 to improve user safety and data security. 

In 2017, the company had suspended contactless payments from smartphones that were running Android 2.3. Now, it is going one step further by blocking users from signing into aging devices with a Google Account. 

Users who will try to login into their Android device will be greeted with a password and username error, even if the credentials are right. A host of other applications developed by Google such as Play Store, Maps, Gmail, and more will stop working from tomorrow. One of the main advantages for Android users is the major improvement of their privacy and data security. The overall efficiency and security of smartphones have changed over the years. As a result, it has paved the way for even more secure environments for users. S

Since the efficiency and security of older tech tend to decline, it is essential for manufacturers and developers to roll out new updates consistently. Since Android 2.3 is nearly 10 years old now, it is only logical for Google to chop off access and focus on keeping devices safe and secure. 

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Karandeep V

Karandeep was born in Pune, Maharashtra, an upcoming metropolitan city in the Western region of India. While most members of his family are engineers, he had different ideas. He was more inclined toward exploring the non-technical aspects of a business, which is why he studied Bachelors of Business Administration at Symbiosis International University, Pune.  Having said that, his love for new and upcoming technologies remained intact, which is why he has written extensively about technology throughout his career. After a brief stint with a gaming company at the beginning of his career, he discovered that his love for writing was not temporary.  Being a tech geek, he always liked installing and playing around with new applications on his mobile devices and the home desktop. He was fascinated by how technology can simplify even the most mundane and complex tasks with just a few commands. He keeps a close eye on how businesses use different tools to streamline their operations to boost productivity and efficiency.  At ToolsMetric, he writes product reviews that cover the main features and specifications of different enterprise applications. The sheer amount of innovation and hard work that goes into building these tech solutions is one of the reasons why Karandeep loves reviewing these tools. Besides product reviews, he also writes interesting news articles and blogs that track the latest developments in the tech industry.  When he is not writing, you can find him rooted to his seat playing video games, watching movies, or supporting his favorite football team. Since his childhood, he has always loved to travel and explore new places. Traveling is a major part of his life due to a myriad of reasons such as experiencing new cultures, food, and traditions. His other hobbies include playing football, cooking, and running.  You can find him on LinkedIn here.

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