“Signing in to your account on Google apps will no longer be supported on phones with Android version 2.3.7 or lower starting Sep. 27” reads the email received by some Google users. This means that starting September 27, those running Android version 2.3.7 or lower will not be able to sign into their accounts. These include Android 1.0, 1.1 (unnamed), 1.5 Cupcake, 1.6 Donut, 2.0 Eclair, 2.2 Froyo, and 2.3 Gingerbread.
In the email, Google says that the move is aimed to “help protect your account’s security. Actions like system and application-level sign will result in a “username or password error”.
According to a Google support page, following cases will to sing-in error:
- Perform a factory reset of your device and try to sign in.
- Change your password either on the device or on a different device, which then signs you out everywhere else. When you try to sign in again, you will receive the error message.
- Remove your account from your device and re-add it.
- Create an account on the device.
However, users will still be able to sign in to their account on the phone’s browser. “If you cannot update your device to a newer Android version (3.0+), you can try to log into your Google account on your device’s web browser. You can still use some Google services when logged into Google on your device’s web browser” Google says.