There are currently more than three billion phones in the world running the Android operating system. But many of them are no longer useful and will not be able to access many sites.
Android is an extremely popular operating system worldwide and most devices run it. But there are still tablets or phones on the market that run extremely old versions. Theoretically, you don’t have much to do with these devices in 2020.
Due to older versions of the software, more than 1 billion smartphones will no longer be able to open many of the web services. From January 11, 2011, Let’s Encrypt, the non-profit that provides free security certificates for websites, will give up the partnership with IdenTrust, which provides it with keys for DST Root X3 security certificates.
Android phones that are no longer useful to you
To understand a little too technical terminology maybe, find out that these DST Root X3 certificates are still used by smartphones with Android 7.1 (or older) to access sites with HTTPS. These smartphones will no longer be able to access sites that use DST Root X3 certificates. And since most sites use Let’s Encrypt certificates, then they can no longer be accessed.
Of the more than three billion Android phones now in the world, 33.8% use Android 7.1 times an even older version. This means that more than 1 billion smartphones will no longer be able to access HTTPS sites that use Let’s Encrypt certificates since the beginning of next year. Let’s Encrypt is the largest provider of security certificates.
Over 47 million domains use Let’s Encrypt certificates, almost 30% of all sites (158.7 million) that use a well-known certificate company. If you want an alternative, then you only need to use Firefox to open them. The most handy is obviously only in the desktop version.