Are you still holding onto the Nexus One for sentimental reasons? Maybe it’s time to move on. Reddit users and 91mobiles learned that effective September 27, Google will no longer allow you to sign in to the company’s apps on devices running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) or earlier. You can still sign in over the Internet, but you will have to upgrade to at least Android 3.0 for tablets only (really Android 4.0) if you want to avoid major issues checking Gmail or navigating with Google Maps.
The deactivation is necessary to protect the privacy of the account, according to an email from Google to customers. We asked Google if it could clarify his reasoning.
As you might have guessed, this will not affect the daily use of the phone by many people. Gingerbread and earlier versions of Android are so underutilized that they have been categorized as “other” for years, and hardware is already struggling to cope with many of today’s tasks. However, it is a rare case that Google has disabled basic functionality for older versions of Android, not just OS updates or Play Services features. Think of it as Google setting a baseline – you’ll need a device that has been updated over the past decade to get even rudimentary support.
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