4.2 jelly bean – WIFI ON but Play fails “No internet connection. Make sure WiFi …”

Recently i decided to check for app updates and Play refuses to work and popup the error “No internet connection. Make sure WiFi or mobile data is turned on.”

However WIFI is enabled and internet work fine for apps like fdroid.

Maybe the issue is due to the fact that it is an old android 4.2 but Play services were updated 03/2019 and they are v 15.0.90

Is android 4 still supported by Play? ideas? other app stores?

And there are no alternatives as LineageOS or custom ROMs for this device