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Popular websites won't work on lower Android versions starting 2021


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You might want to make a switch.
Old smartphones are likely to have issues while browsing at the beginning of 2021.
Android devices that are running on Android 7.1.1 and below are likely to encounter issues when browsing popular sites starting next year. If you own an old Android device, you might want to change it but if it’s not that old and your manufacturer gives fair software support then there’s nothing to worry about. However, you can still browse popular sites with the help of Mozilla Firefox browser which comes with its own ISRG root.
Just a week ago. Let’s Encrypt, one of the world’s leading certificate authorities, which group’s certificates are used by approximately 30% of all web domains, made a statement regarding this issue. When it was first founded, it applied for its root certificate “ISRG Root X1” to be included in browsers and operating systems.

However, this does introduce some compatibility woes. Some software that hasn’t been updated since 2016 (approximately when our root was accepted to many root programs) still doesn’t trust our root certificate, ISRG Root X1. Most notably, this includes versions of Android prior to 7.1.1. That means those older versions of Android will no longer trust certificates issued by Let’s Encrypt.

The group’s original partnership, Let’s Encrypt, between IdenTrust expires on September 1, 2021.
This means that all software without Let’s Encrypt’s root certificate will no longer work with sites and services using their certificates.
What do you think about the statement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!