Now Google No Longer Let’s You Sign In with Old Android Version

If you are still using a smartphone with that has not been updated since a long time, it might be time to move on. From Reddit and 91mobiles, users have learned that as of September 27th, Google will no longer allow you to log into company apps on devices with Android 2.3.7 (gingerbread) or lower.

You can still sign in to the web, but you’ll need to upgrade to at least Android 3.0 (actually Android 4.0) if you want to avoid major problems checking Gmail or navigating Google Maps.

The reduction was necessary to protect the privacy of the account, Google announced in an email to customers. We asked Google if it could explain its reasoning in more detail.

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This will not affect the daily use of the phone for many people as you can imagine. Gingerbread and older Android versions have so little usage that they have been grouped under the “Other” category for years and the hardware is already struggling with many modern tasks.

However, it’s a rare occurrence for Google to cut down on basic functionality for older versions of Android, not just OS updates or Play Services functionality. Think of it like Google setting a baseline – you need an updated device within the last decade to get at least rudimentary support.

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