There is bad news for the users of Android phones. This is because Google will no longer offer sign-in support on Android phones running version 2.3.7 or lower. It has been learned from the email sent by Google to the users that this change will be implemented from September 27. 

Older smartphones users have been advised to update to at least Android 3.0 Honeycomb to continue using Google apps beyond September. This will affect system and app level sign-in, but users should be able to sign in to Gmail, Google Search, Google Drive, YouTube and other Google services through their phone's browser.

According to a report by 9to5Google, users who are likely to be affected by the change. There are very few such users who are using very old version of Android. 

Email from Google

The report by 9to5Google shared a screenshot (screenshot above) of an email sent to Google, according to which Google is making this change for the account security and data security of the users. This email  may be seen as a warning sign to some of these users who are still using older software versions. Such users are being requested to update the software or switch phones. 

Starting September 27, users on phones running Android version 2.3.7 and lower will see a 'username or password error' whenever they try to sign-in to any of the Google apps that are loaded.

The report said that after September 27, users of older Android versions will see an error when they try to sign in to Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube and Maps. If users try to sign in again by creating a new Google account or factory resetting the phone, they will still see the same error on their phone screen. This error will be visible to users even after creating a new password, and signing in again.

Post September 27, phone users with Android version 2.3.7 or lower will not be left with any workaround, so that they can use Google apps and services. Therefore, it is better that before this, users should search for a new phone for themselves.

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