Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, and several other popular apps will no longer work on millions of older phones which are using outdated versions of Android from Monday as Google is withdrawing its support. Users will not be able to sign in when they try to use it.
Smartphones running Android 2.3.7 or lower will no longer be able to use Google’s suite of apps. This version of the mobile operating system was launched in December 2010.
Google has urged 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.
People using Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, and Sony Xperia S will be affected by this development.
The apps will also stop working on LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532.
Users who cannot update to Android 3.0 or above can try to log into their Google account on their device’s web browser. You can still use some Google services when logged into Google on your device’s web browser.