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I want to buy the most basic Android phone possible. Regarding the OS version, which is the oldest Android version that will still:

  • get security updates for at least one year (essential)
  • let me use common apps like Starbucks' app or McDonald's app (essential)
  • Skype + Whatsapp, that is, run the updated version (essential)
  • some basic but new game (this is a secondary need)

I assume that all will have a camera/video, a calender and let me take notes.

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  • Older does not necessarily mean more basic. Some things have become more basic in recent versions. So, what is actually your need? Do you want the phone to be simpler? Less settings? More intuitive? Faster? Take less memory?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:42
  • Welcome aboard, while you are on topic, asking for a software recommendation, are you aware of android.stackexchange.com for future questrions?
    – Mawg
    Sep 3, 2018 at 8:55
  • @Mawg: yes, but I thought this forum would be more inclined at providing an answer. Sep 3, 2018 at 12:37
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    Good news: All versions of Android are cheap, at exactly 0 EUR. It sounds like you want cheap hardware? In that case you should ask at hardwarerecs.stackexchange.com Cheers!
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 3, 2018 at 12:43
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    @Mawg: I'll look at aliexpress after someone answers how low can the Android OS version be. I have seen similar cheap devices but was wary they could be almost-out-of-the-market kind of thing. Sep 3, 2018 at 12:48

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