A new security measure by Google will start for users on old Android devices in September. Users on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and older will on longer be able to log into their Google Accounts.
It is reported by Bleeping Computer an online magazine. Google has started informing the users with Android 2.3.7 and older Android devices via email about this update. In this writing Google says:
“As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of our users, Google will no longer allow logins on Android devices with Android 2.3.7 or lower from September 27, 2021,”
“If you sign in to your device after September 27th, you may encounter errors entering your username or password when trying to use Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.”
You can also read an explanation by Android Help Community Manager Zak Pollack.
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A line will be drawn by google from September, 27, 2021 and onward that will only affect users on Android 2.3.7 and older devices. This OS was released in Q4 2011 which makes it a decade old. Google now want these users to update the OS of their devices to a newer version(3.0 or higher) in order enjoy continued access to Google apps and other services.
Up to some extent, an alternate solution for those who can not upgrade OS of their devices to newer versions is to try logging into their Google accounts using a web browser. It will give them an alternative access to their account to use Google services on unsupported Android OS devices.