If you still have a device running Android 2.3.7 (the final version of Gingerbread) or older, you will no longer be able to sign in to your Google account on that device as of September 27. according to a support document (through Liliputting).
“As part of our ongoing efforts to keep our users safe, Google will no longer allow logins to Android devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower from September 27, 2021,” the company said. “If you sign in to your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services such as Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.”
To give you an idea of how old a device will be affected by this change, Android 2.3.7 was released almost 10 years ago. But given that there are more than three billion active Android devices in the wild right now, this change will likely affect more than a few people who may still be holding onto older technology.
If you’re using Android 2.3.7 or older after that September 27 deadline, you’ll still be able to use certain Google services while signed in to your device’s browser, according to Google. But devices on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) can still sign in to Google accounts, the company says, so if your older device is updatable, you may want to do that.