Google Calendar is undergoing changes that may impact users with older Android devices, particularly those operating on Android 7.1 or below.
The latest release of the Google Calendar app (v 2023.46.0-581792699-release) introduces a new flag called “UnsupportedOperatingSystem__enabled.” This flag serves as a notification for users with outdated operating systems, encouraging them to update to Android Oreo (8.0) or a newer version for seamless access to the app.
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Why the Update?
This modification is primarily driven by security concerns. Older Android versions often miss critical updates, especially those related to security, making them more vulnerable to potential risks such as vulnerabilities, cyber attacks, and data loss. In contrast, newer Android versions come equipped with enhanced security features that offer better protection against these potential threats.
Common Industry Practice
It is a standard industry practice for developers to discontinue support for older operating systems, ensuring that apps remain up-to-date, feature-rich, and, most importantly, secure. Similar instances include WhatsApp discontinuing support for older devices and Google ending support for Nougat with the Chrome 120 update.
What Users Can Do?
Users facing this update have a couple of options. They can choose to continue using the current Calendar app version by disabling auto-updates or installing an older version, although this comes with inherent security risks. Alternatively, updating the device to Android 8 Oreo or a newer version ensures continuous support for the Google Calendar app and enhances the overall security of the device.
For users with devices unable to receive an update, considering a new phone may be necessary. This choice allows them to stay current with security measures and continue using the Google Calendar app seamlessly.