Gmail and YouTube are off the smartphones

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From now on, popular Google apps including Maps, Gmail, YouTube will no longer run on Android smartphones. Users will not be able to log in to the apps.

Google said in a statement that it was shutting down smartphones with Android 2.3.8 or earlier.

As part of the ongoing process to keep users safe, Google will not allow users to sign in to Android 2.3.8 or earlier devices from September 26, 2021, Google said. If you want to sign in to your device after September 28th, your username or password may be incorrect when using Google products such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.

Users of smartphones that are being discontinued by Google — Sony Xperia Advance, Lenovo K600, Sony Xperia Go, Vodafone Smart 2, Samsung Galaxy S2, Sony Xperia P, LG Spectrum, and Sony Xperia S — will face this problem. LG Prada 3.0, HTC Velocity, HTC Evo Forge, Motorola Fire, and Motorola XT 532 smartphones will also have this problem.

If it’s not possible to update to Android 3.0, you can try logging in to a Google Account from the device’s web browser. In that case, a limited range of services may be used.

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