Many Android phone users are in for a surprise! There’s news that a special Google app will stop working on certain Android devices.
This app is the Google Calendar, widely used with over 5 billion downloads.
Many people use it because it comes already installed on Android phones and works well with other Google apps like Gmail and Meet.
But now, there’s a report that the Google Calendar app might stop working on older Android devices because the new version has higher system requirements.
In simpler terms, the app will only run on Android Oreo 8.0 and newer versions.
A person named AssembleDebug on Twitter noticed that Google is updating the Calendar app.
The latest version will only work on Android Oreo 8.0 and above. So, if you have an older Android version, the app won’t work anymore.
The app used to work on Android 5.0 Lollipop and above, but now, Google has added a new feature that says older Android versions won’t support the app starting from version 2023.46.0-581792699-release.
This version isn’t available on the Google Play Store yet, but it’s expected to be released soon.
Android Oreo came out in 2017, and most devices from 2018 onwards support it.
This means that phones with Android Nougat and below, launched between 2015-2017, might not be able to use the Google Calendar app soon.
Around 180 million smartphones could be affected, as data shows that more than 6% of Android phones still use Android Nougat and below.
Even though users can keep using the app without updating, Google might eventually stop supporting it on older devices. So, it’s a good idea to think about getting a new phone.
While it might be inconvenient for some users with older phones, upgrading to a new phone is a better option.
Google seems to be making these changes to improve security and add more features to its apps.
So, if you like using the Google Calendar app, and your phone is running Android Nougat, it’s a good time to consider upgrading to a newer device.