Chat messaging mogul WhatsApp confirms it will no longer be available for use on old generations of smartphones. The change comes about due to the app’s ongoing developments.
WhatsApp to stop working for old smartphones by 2020
If having too many cracks on your cell phone’s screen, lack of memory and overheating aren’t enough to convince you to spend some bucks and get a new smartphone, WhatsApp’s latest update might give you the motivation to upgrade.
What’s App recently announced that it will be ending its support for old devices from 31st January, 2019. This means if you have an Apple phone with operating software older than iOS 7 or an Android mobile with version 2.3.7 installed, you’ll no longer be able to use WhatsApp.
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Famous phones that will no longer operate WhatsApp
Bad news for Windows Phone users as they will face the cull first, losing access to What’sApp from December 31. 2019 Fourth and fifth-generation Apple devices like iPhone 4, 4s and 5 models will follow as well as Android Gingerbread-supported phones like Sony Xperia 3G, Samsung Galaxy S2, and LG Spectrum.
“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. 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.”
Take a moment to realize it’s been eight years since the revolutionary iPhone 5 launched and it’s no longer going to run WhatsApp.
More new features on WhatsApp
While WhatsApp bids adieu to generation-old smartphones, it’s bringing in new features for users and businesses. Recently, it rolled out the ‘Battery Saver’ mode, with dark-themed settings to help devices consume less battery. What’s more, a fingerprint lock option is also on the cards.
Find out more about WhatsApp’s updates on its official blog.