People using a old Android phone (anything running Android 2.3.7 or lower) will not be able to sign in Gmail or Youtube starting September 27, 2021. „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,” a documentissued by Google claims. The following actions will also be no longer possible on devices running Android 2.3.7 or older versions: perform a factory reset and try to sign in; change the Google account password on the device or on another device; remove the Google account from the device and re-add it; Create a new Google account on the device. For many users this will mean the phone will become truly useless. They can still sign in on the web. This won’t affect day-to-day phone use. Devices on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) will continue to be able to log in to Google accounts, the company says.
Android 2.3.7 was released nearly 10 years ago. It’s supposed the change will only affect a small number of users. Google has been sending mails to some users about the change. „If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we advise you to do so in order to maintain access to Google apps and services on that device,” the company says on its official support website.