Tech news: Technology major Google has announced that it will withdraw support for Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Play Store and several other popular apps from millions of older phones using outdated version of Android from Monday, reported the livemint. Users will not be able to sign in when they try to use these apps. Smartphones running Android 2.3.7 or lower will no longer be able to use the Google’s suite of apps, the Mint report said. This version of mobile operating system was launched in December 2010.Also Read - YouTube Plans Week-Long Livestream Shopping Event With Creators From Nov 15

“As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021. If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps,” a statement from Google read. Also Read - Now Book Parking Slot in Delhi Using 'MyParking' App | Check Steps And Other Important Details Here

Google has requested users to update to Android 3.0 or above, if their device supports it, to continue using its apps and services. Not being able to update to newer versions of the Android OS will lead to sign in errors when trying to access the apps, it has said. Also Read - Snapchat Suffers Outage Across Globe; Users Unable to Post or Send Messages

Which apps will stop working?

The apps that will stop working on such devices are:

  • Gmail
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps
  • Google Play Store
  • Google Calendar
  • And some more.

Which phones will no longer be able to run these apps?

People using the following phones will be affected by this development:

  1. Sony Xperia Advance
  2. Lenovo K800
  3. Sony Xperia Go
  4. Vodafone Smart II
  5. Samsung Galaxy S2
  6. Sony Xperia P
  7. LG Spectrum
  8. Sony Xperia S
  9. LG Prada 3.0
  10. HTC Velocity
  11. HTC Evo 4G
  12. Motorola Fire
  13. and Motorola XT532

Users who are unable to upgrade to Android 3.0 or above can try logging into their Google account on the web browser of their device. You can still use some Google services when logged into Google on your device’s web browser, the Mint report noted.