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Android: cell phones over 10 years old will not be able to log in with Google accounts


The limit is in the seventh version of the operating system, Gingerbread (2.3.7), released in September 2011.

08/02/2021 11:39

  • Clarí

  • Technology

Updated 08/02/2021 11:39 AM

Google will withdraw support next month that allows

phones with the seventh version of Android

(Gingerbread) or an older one to log in with a Google account to services such as Gmail or YouTube.

As of September of this year, Android versions

from v1 to v2.3.7 will no longer be able to log in with a Google account,

as the company has informed users who have these programs installed, according to 9to5Google.

Google is sending

an email to all those users with active devices

with Android 2.3.7 and lower versions.

In that email, he warns them that he will soon stop allowing login to their account in Google applications.

The version with more than 10 years on the market is the seventh of the Android mobile operating system.

Update 2.3.7

was released in September 2011


Its name Gingerbread means



Gingerbread update 2.3.7 was released in September 2011.

"If someone logs into their device after September 27, they

might get

username or password


when trying to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps," explains Zak Pollack from the support community. of Google.

Being such old equipment, the company considers them to be obsolete.

The statement does not argue the reason for this decision, but

security was


one of the reasons


When users of old versions of Android try to log in they will find

an error message when entering the username and password


Although some services will continue to be available for use without a login.


will also have limited other actions

, such as entering another account on the device or creating a new Google account or logging in after a factory reset of the terminal.

The current percentage of versions

lower than Android 4.0 is less than 0.2%

, according to the latest Android distribution data.

Despite this, there are more than 3 billion Android devices.

Goodbye to the APK

Since this month of August, Google announced that it stopped using the APK format for Android applications that were distributed from the Google Play Store.

This change was announced as an improvement since the applications

would occupy less and would be more secure.

One of the distinctive characteristics of the operating system is that it allows the installation of apps not only from stores other than Google Play but directly from their APK files.

Gingerbread means gingerbread.

Photo: AFP

This is a beneficial functionality for developers but



promoted piracy of apps and games for years,

which have had to resort to different methods (such as online registration) to try to stop these behaviors.

The team that oversees Android movements will begin to force developers to adopt the Android App Bundle standard that was introduced in 2018 and has been implemented in many apps so far.

Soon, the AAB format will be mandatory.

With the arrival of the Android App Bundle format,

the size of the apps themselves will be


reduced by 15% on average compared to the classic

, and soon to be extinct, APK format.

The reason for this is that the developer uploads all the content of their app to Google Play, but users only download the resources necessary for their own mobile phone.


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