Google will withdraw support that allows users to phones with the seventh version of Android (Gingerbread) or an older one can log in with a Google account on services like Gmail or YouTube.
As of September this year, the Android versions from v1 to v2.3.7 they will no longer be able to login 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 launched in September 2011. Her name Gingerbread means Gingerbread.
Gingerbread update 2.3.7 was released in September 2011.
“If someone logs into their device after September 27, you might get name errors username or password when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube and Maps, “explains Zak Pollack of the Google Support Community.
Being such old equipment, the company considers them to be obsolete. The statement does not argue the reason for this decision, but predictably 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.
The users they will also have limited other actionsFor example, enter another account on the device or create a new Google account or log 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 as the applications they would occupy less and would be safer.
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
It is a beneficial functionality for developers but also has promoted piracy of apps and games for years who 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 in a massive way the size of the apps themselves will be reduced by 15% on average compared to the classic, and soon 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.