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Old G Suite mobile and desktop apps will stop working in August

Google today issued a warning that older G Suite apps will stop working in August as it works to improve performance and security.

Update: Today’s alert is not related to Project Strobe, but rather part of Google discontinuing support for JSON-RPC and global HTTP batch endpoints. This impacts cross G Suite app interactions and more details are available here:

We have invested heavily in our API and service infrastructure to improve performance and security and to add features developers need to build world-class APIs. As we make changes we must address features that are no longer compatible with the latest architecture and business requirements.

The company is now ready to wind down first-party apps still using the old implementation:

As a result of these changes, some older versions of G Suite desktop and mobile apps may stop working on August 12, 2020. In particular, versions released prior to December 2018 may be impacted.

This includes Gmail, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides for Android and iOS, as well as the enterprise Drive File Stream desktop client. Also included is Google Classroom for iPhones and iPads.

  • Admins: Encourage your users to upgrade their apps. If you deploy Drive File Stream to your organization, ensure you’re using the latest version.
  • End users: Upgrade the apps listed above to the latest versions as soon as possible.

For the most part, not too many people are probably using old app versions that date back to 2018. Regardless, Google issued the update advisory to make sure “workflows are not disrupted.” This impacts both G Suite customers and those with personal Google Accounts.



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