Google will implement a new security feature for Google accounts and older Android devices starting September. Users who use Android 2.3.7 alias Gingerbread or older cannot log in to Google.
The online magazine Bleeping Computer reported this. Google is now writing to older Android device users. Google has begun to notify Android users via email that they won’t be able log in to their Google accounts on older Android devices. This is for security reasons. It states:
Google Services Block Old Device
“In an ongoing effort to protect our users, Google will not allow logins on Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or less starting September 27, 2021,” explained Zak Pollack, Android Help Community Manager. You may experience errors when you try to sign in to your device using Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, or YouTube after September 27th.
Google will draw the line starting in September, but it should not affect many users. Android 2.3.7 was released in 2011 and is almost a decade old. Google is the only service provider to discontinue support of older Android versions. Google advises that those still using devices running these older OS versions of Android should upgrade to the latest version (3.0 or greater) as soon as they can to ensure they have access to Google apps.
If you are unable to update to the latest Android version, you can log into your Google account using a web browser. This will allow them to access Google services on non-supported Android devices.