Google has issued a warning to millions of Android users who are now at risk of being blocked in their Google apps.
Millions of Android phones will no longer be able to access Google Maps, YouTube and Gmail today (September 27) following a huge update.
Google has confirmed that devices running Android 2.3 will be affected and urged users to upgrade their software.
Devices unable to upgrade to the new version will be permanently excluded from Google services.
What will happen today?
Anyone using version 2.3 of Android will not be able to log into their Google account.
Users will not be able to add a Google Calendar or Gmail account to their device’s settings menu.
Other Google apps will also stop working, including YouTube, Google PlayStore, Google Maps, Gmail, etc.
Users will need to update their phone to Android 3.0 to continue accessing apps.
Why did Google make this decision?
Google routinely drops support for aging versions of Android software as new versions are continuously released.
The latest version of Android is currently Android 11, which is 2.3 miles behind software.
Older versions of operating systems are more susceptible to bugs and hackers.
Google said it was withdrawing its support “as part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe.”
How do I update my Android device?
You can update your device by opening System> Advanced> System Update.
If you are unable to upgrade to the latest version, you can work around the problem by signing in to Google services through your internet browser.
Smartphones blocked 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.