Millions of phones will no longer be able to access the most widespread messaging app WhatsApp from 1st February 2020.
It will no longer be available on Android and iPhone devices supporting the out-dated versions of their operating system. Any mobile device supporting iOS 8, Android 2. 3. 7 and older version won’t be able to run or update WhatsApp on their mobile phones.
This update has been put into place to protect the security and privacy of the users, as it will not develop actively for old operating systems.
WhatsApp said: “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
Another representative for WhatsApp said: “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp has already withdrawn its app service from Windows operated devices.
WhatsApp said: “You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019.”
In 2015, Apple launched iOS 9, which can be updated in iPhone 6s and newer. Thus, any iPhone older than iPhone 6s can not use WhatsApp on their device.
CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood said: “This is likely to disproportionally impact the long-tail of its users, particularly in growth markets where there is a high proportion of older devices.”
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