In the recent review of Google Calendar, it was revealed that the app will soon stop supporting older versions of Android. This action was detected in version 2023.46.0-581792699 of the app, where the minimum supported version is updated to Android Oreo 8.0.
An update to the Google Calendar app introduced useful features, such as the ability to share events using links. However, to take full advantage of these features, users will need to update their devices to Android 8 or later. Although Google has not yet officially confirmed the end of support, the evidence found leaves little room for doubt.
The incompatibility will begin with Android 7.1 and lower, and users who attempt to access the app with these versions will receive a message stating that their operating system is no longer supported. This not only affects the functionality of the Google Calendar app, but could also put users’ security at risk, as older versions of Android tend to be more vulnerable to security threats.
Google is following the trend of other tech companies by discontinuing support for older versions of operating systems. For example, WhatsApp is no longer compatible with Android 4.1 and earlier. This move not only aims to improve the efficiency and security of applications, but also seeks to encourage users to stay updated with the latest software versions.
Although current numbers show that only 3.3% of users are using Android 7 or 6, and that older versions are less common, Google is trying to ensure the best experience and security for the majority of its users. Updating to the latest versions of Android not only provides access to the latest features of Google Calendar, but also contributes to a more secure and efficient digital environment.