Google apps on Android Gingerbread phones to be banned soon

Users using Android Gingerbread will not be able to access certain Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube on their phones.

By Kajoli Anand Puri | Published 15 Sep 2021 22:00 IST
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Users using Android 2.3 will be blocked from accessing Google apps on Android phones.

  • These users will not be able to access Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube.

  • Users must upgrade to Android 3.0 to continue using these apps.

Google apps on Android Gingerbread phones to be banned soon
Google apps on Android Gingerbread phones to be banned soon

Technology consumption patterns vary from region to region, with most users with high disposable incomes purchasing new smartphones every 2-3 years, and those with lower disposable incomes sticking to their smartphones for as long as they can. This means that with careful use, those belonging to the latter group can arguably extend their smartphone’s lifespan to as high as a decade. Budget-conscious consumers must now rethink their strategy, as Google is now restricting access to Google apps on Android phones with the Gingerbread OS (also known as Android 2.3). 

Google apps on Android phones to be banned soon

Restrictions on Google apps on Android phones using the Gingerbread OS

In a move that seems designed to facilitate widespread adoption of newer Android models, Google will not allow users to sign in via Gmail on any Android phone that uses the Gingerbread OS. With this restriction, users will be blocked from using a host of Google apps on Android phones, such as Gmail, Google Maps and YouTube. Considering that users typically upgrade their operating systems when said upgrades are available, it’s fair to assume that most consumers who haven’t upgraded their phones do not have smartphones that are compatible with upgrades. As a result, this move will force consumers to purchase newer smartphones. 

Restrictions on Google apps on Android phones using the Gingerbread OS

What does this mean for users on Android Gingerbread?

The company has stated that they are restricting access to Google apps on Android phones to protect their users. Simply upgrading to Android 3.0 will help you resume access to your favourite apps. 

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