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MILLIONS of phones will be blocked from using Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail as part of a massive update TODAY.

The search giant confirmed that some Android devices will lose access to the popular apps.

Unless users update their phones or swiftly buy a new mobile, millions of people across the globe will be locked out of the software today.

Google announced the deadline in a short post on its website.

The tech titan said it plans to block users from signing in with their Google Account on devices using Android 2.3.

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  • Explained: How to upgrade your phone

    To continue using these apps, you'll need to upgrade your smartphone to Android 3.0.

    You can do that by heading to your device settings and tapping System > Advanced > System Update.

    However, since not all devices running Android 2.3 are able to make the jump to the next version, some users will be locked out for good.

    Smartphones that remain stuck with Android 2.3 include Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, Sony Xperia S, LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532.

    If you're unable to upgrade your device, you can always work around the issue by logging into services like YouTube via your browser.

  • 'Shocking move'

    One person on Twitter said using older phones for long periods of time was a good way "to reduce e-waste".

    Another said: "That sucks, but this isn't a completely shocking move."

    One user said: "Sucks for people running them."

    A different user remarked: "Going same was as Apple. Forcing people to upgrade. Throw away world. You'll make people return to having phones just for phone calls."

    And one joked "Time to switch over to Apple."

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  • Sign in differently

    Google has said: "As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021.

    "You will be able to sign into your account with a newer Android version (3.0 or newer). If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we advise you to do so."

  • Silicon Valley says

    Among the apps to be halted on the operating system are YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more.

    That particular branch of the US tech giant's operating system launched in December 2010 but Google will now withdraw support for it.

    The move is "part of ongoing efforts to keep our users safe", according to the Silicon Valley tech company.

  • Could it be your phone?

    Google announced the app shut down in a short post on its website.

    The ban comes into effect from today, the September 27.

    Unless users update their phones, they'll be locked out of the software on that mobile for good.

    The trouble is, some old mobiles cannot update to anything more recent than Android 2.3.

    Smartphones that remain stuck with Android 2.3 include Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, Sony Xperia S, LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532.

    Check your "Android Version". If it's above Android 2.3, then you're safe.

  • Crashing in the past

    Google and many of its most popular services suffered a global outage at 11.30am on December 14, 2020.

    Users of YouTube, Gmail, Google Docs, and more all reported issues with the services during an hour of chaos.

    It meant businesses and individuals around the world were affected by a loss of crucial services.

    According to DownDetector's live outage map, the problems affecting Google impacted people all over the world - with the most problems occurring in Europe.

    The tech giant was reportedly aware of the problem but did given a reason for what happened when contacted for comment.

  • How do I check if Google isn't working?

    Updating the Android System WebView is the solution to fix the problems for good.

    A separate Google Chrome update has also been issued to the Google Play Store.

    Android WebView is a system component powered by Chrome that allows Android apps to display web content.

    This means running the latest version of Chrome should fix all problems within affected apps

    The official Gmail Twitter account has also suggested clearing the cache for the app could help solve the crash bug too. 

    Android users need to go to Settings > Applications > Gmail > Storage > Clear Cache.

    There are simple steps to take to check if your app has a problem or isn't working properly by checking in the Google Play Store at your history.

    Users can open the Google Play Store, tap the hamburger menu in the upper-left corner, then select “My apps & games.” 

    Apps that have updates available are listed.

    If you see your malfunctioning app on the list, tap Update and then check it again to see if the issue has been resolved.

  • Why has Google made this decision?

    Google regularly drops support for aging versions of the Android software as new ones are continuously released.

    The latest version of Android currently is Android 11, making the 2.3 software miles behind.

    Older versions of operating systems are more susceptible to bugs and hackers.

    Google has said it is withdrawing its support “as part of our going efforts to keep our users safe.”

  • How to upgrade your phone

    To continue using these apps, you'll need to upgrade your smartphone to Android 3.0.

    You can do that by heading to your device settings and tapping System > Advanced > System Update.

    However, since not all devices running Android 2.3 are able to make the jump to the next version, some users will be locked out for good.

    Smartphones that remain stuck with Android 2.3 include Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, Sony Xperia S, LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532.

    If you're unable to upgrade your device, you can always work around the issue by logging into services like YouTube via your browser.

  • Ageing Apps

    Today, anyone using a device running the software will find that they're unable to log in to their Google account.

    Trying to add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to the settings menu of the device will result in an error.

    Other popular Google apps will also stop working, including YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more.

  • Millions Hit

    Somewhere around 0.2% to 0.3% of Android users are still accessing the Play Store on Android 2.3 – which sounds small.

    But there are more than 3billion active Android devices in the world.

    That suggests somewhere between 6million and 9million active devices will be affected by this change.

    These old versions of operating systems are much more vulnerable to hacks, and software bugs.

    The latest version of Android is Android 11, so 2.3 is miles behind the software running on most Android smartphones today.

    In February 2017, Google suspended Google Pay contactless payments from working on handsets running Android 2.3.

    Fortunately, there are some work arounds for disappointed users.

    To continue using these apps, you'll need to upgrade your smartphone to Android 3.0.

  • Waste not, want not?

    One person on Twitter said using older phones for long periods of time was a good way "to reduce e-waste".

    Another said: "That sucks, but this isn't a completely shocking move."

    One user said: "Sucks for people running them."

    A different user remarked: "Going same was as Apple. Forcing people to upgrade. Throw away world. You'll make people return to having phones just for phone calls."

    And one joked "Time to switch over to Apple."

  • Safety First

    Tech titan Google regularly drops support for older versions of its Android software as it releases new ones.

    "As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021," a Google spokesperson explained.

    "If you sign into your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps."

    Unless they update their phones or swiftly buy a new mobile, millions of people across the globe will be locked out of the software.

  • Blocked from today

    Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail are expected to stop working on millions of devices today.

    The search engine giant says the decision is to improve security.

    But several users and experts have warned that it could lead to greater "e-waste".

    Google said it plans to block users from signing in with their Google Account on devices using Android 2.3.

    The ageing version of Google's operating system launched in December 2010.

  • Browser log-in

    Smartphones that remain stuck with Android 2.3 include Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K800, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart II, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, Sony Xperia S, LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo 4G, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT532.

    If you're unable to upgrade your device, you can always work around the issue by logging into services like YouTube via your browser.

  • Time to upgrade

    To continue using these apps, you'll need to upgrade your smartphone to Android 3.0.

    You can do that by heading to your device settings and tapping System > Advanced > System Update.

    However, since not all devices running Android 2.3 are able to make the jump to the next version, some users will be locked out for good.

  • What apps will stop working?

    Today, anyone using a device running the software will find that they're unable to log in to their Google account.

    They'll receive a username and password error, even if they've plugged in the correct credentials.

    Trying to add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to the settings menu of the device will result in the same error.

    Other popular Google apps will also stop working, including YouTube, Google Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Calendar, and more.

  • Years out of date

    The latest version of Android is Android 11, so 2.3 is miles behind the software running on most Android smartphones today.

    In February 2017, Google suspended Google Pay contactless payments from working on handsets running Android 2.3.

  • Safety measure

    The aging version of Google's operating system launched in December 2010.

    Google said it's withdrawing support for the platform "as part of our going efforts to keep our users safe".

    The California search giant regularly drops support for aging versions of the Android software as it releases new ones.

    That's because older versions of operating systems are far more vulnerable to bugs and hackers.

  • Quietly launched

    Google announced the deadline in a short post on its website.

    The tech titan said it plans to block users from signing in with their Google Account on devices using Android 2.3.

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