Google no longer supports Android 2.3.7 and below to log in to any application that requires a Google account
According to an announcement issued by Google, the company will no longer support Android 2.3.7 and below to log in to any application that requires a Google account from September 27.
The main affected are Google apps, including Google Maps, Google Search, Google Drive, Google Photos, YouTube, Gmail, and Meet. Other applications and games that require a Google account to log in will also be blocked.
If the system version is lower than Android 2.3.7, an error will be returned directly, which will directly cause all applications that need to log in to the Google account to be unable to log in.
As for the reason, Google’s explanation is to ensure the security of the user’s Google account, so it is forbidden to log in to the Google account using the lower version of the Android system that has ceased to be supported.
In fact, this is also limited to Android system-level applications and user-installed applications. If the user logs in to the Google account through the browser, it is completely fine.
However, the Google applications can no longer log in to the account to synchronize user data, and the data synchronization and backup functions at the Android system level will also be forcibly shut down.
Google did not publish this announcement directly on the website but instead sent a unified notification through the email system to users who are still actively using lower versions of Android.
Considering that the users who still use Android 2.3.7 and above currently account for less than 0.1%, the actual number of users affected is indeed very small.
After all, the Android 2.3.x series released in 2011 has long since stopped supporting, and Android 4.3 and below have stopped updating Google Mobile Services.
Therefore, the support period provided by Google is relatively long. Even if the support is not stopped, it may be very difficult to watch videos on devices that were ten years ago.