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Google apps no longer functional on select smartphones: See if your device is on the list

Popular Google apps like Gmail, YouTube And Google map will soon stop working on some smartphones. Read on to see if your device is affected by this.

Google app ban on select phones

Google has revealed that individuals using smartphones running Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread or higher will no longer be able to access it. Gmail, YouTube And Google map on their device. This has been in effect since September 27.

Photo: tech2/Abhijit Dey.

Photo: tech2/Abhijit Dey.

Therefore, if your smartphone runs Android version 2.3.7 or higher, you will not be able to sign in to the aforementioned Google apps. If you try to sign in, Google will return an error and will continue to do so until the device is updated. For the uninitiated, these Google apps require users to sign in to their Google account to easily access them and their app history.

Google, in an earlier statement, said: “As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will not allow sign-in on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or later. down as of September 27, 2021. If you sign in to your device after September 27, you may experience username or password errors when trying to use Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTubeAnd map“.

While people will still be able to access these apps on older phones through the built-in browser, they won’t be able to enjoy the app-specific features. Therefore, it makes more sense for them to upgrade their equipment.

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Such users can update the Android OS on their phones by updating the software (accessed via the Settings menu) on their smartphones. In case the smartphone no longer supports the updated Android version, it is best for them to switch to a newer smartphone.

It is worth noting that this change will not affect many users, as not many people still use phones with the 10-year-old Android operating system.

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