Google is a juggernaut in the tech industry. Similar to Apple, it has an entire ecosystem that makes it hard to avoid. The company encapsulates users with its innovative and premium products. With the rapid pace at which the tech giant is moving forward, it is only natural that it is getting ready to dispose of some older load.
Customers with very old Android devices have been receiving emails from Google informing them that it is time to let go.
September 27 onwards, devices running Android 2.three.7 and lower will be unable to log in to Google services, effectively putting an end to a large portion of the on-rails Android experience. “When you sign on to your device after September 27, you’ll probably experience username or password issues whenever you try to use Google services and products like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps,” Google says in an official community post.
One of the most cloud-based operating systems ever is Android. Many bundled apps and services, especially in older versions, were attached to your Google login, and if that stopped working, a huge portion of your phone was bricked. Consequently, limiting functionality hence unable to perform tasks such as iOS transfer. While today’s Android can update many essential components without requiring a complete system update, Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, which was introduced approximately ten years ago, was not as modular.
Individual Google apps began to be updated via the Android Market/Play Store, but Google sign-in remained a system-level feature that was locked in time. Any Google services that want to accept sign-ins from those versions must follow security requirements from 2011, which include turning off two-factor authentication (2FA) and enabling a separate “allow less-secure access” setting in your Google account. These ancient Android versions must go at some point because they are far too unsafe.
In Android Studio, Google displays active user base breakdowns for Android versions, and Gingerbread isn’t even on the list because of its low device count. It accounts for fewer than 0.2 percent of active devices, trailing 14 other Android versions. Users of these older devices could still sideload a third-party app store to locate replacements for all of Google’s apps, but if you’re a technical user who can’t afford a new device, there’s a strong possibility you could load an aftermarket Android ROM and install a completely new operating system.
For day-to-day use, these gadgets have been obsolete for a long time, so it’s not a major concern, but Google’s server shutdowns are a nightmare for historians. Today, anyone can boot up an old Apple II or install Windows 1.0 on an old computer to get the complete experience, but once Google disables login support, prior Android versions will be rendered obsolete. Say goodbye to the Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Talk if you can’t log in to Google. The underlying OS will continue to function, but you won’t be able to accomplish everything that users did on these phones previously. Unless there’s some kind of insane login emulation technique, you’ll never see these apps run on phones again.
This isn’t the first time Google has removed earlier Android versions due to increased login security. For years, the Android 1.0 apps have been broken. Hence, it makes perfect sense that Google wants to get rid of any liabilities that compromise security.
My name is Mukesh Jakhar and I am a Web Application Developer and Software Developer, currently living in Jaipur, India. I have a Master of Computer Application in Computer Science from JNU Jaipur University. I loves to write on technology and programming topics. Apart from this, I love to travel and enjoy the beauty of nature.