A lot of people will no longer be able to have access to WhatsApp using their current phones after the messaging app revealed that it will be cutting the support of its service on older versions of Android smartphones and iPhones.
From the 1st of February 2020, the users who are running older operating systems will be at risk of not being able to access WhatsApp on their phones.
The company revealed the announcement in an update to a blog post listing on which handsets will no longer be supported.
The phones including those with Androids that have older than the version 2.3.7, Nokia S40 and the iPhones that are still running iOS 7 or older will be included in the purge.
As a result of the announcement, the users of WhatsApp who are still using an iPhone 4 or older will be forced to either upgrade to a new phone, or look for an alternative to the most popular chat app in the world.
According to figures from Google, 0.3 percent of the Android devices still run this operating system. This amounts to approximately six million smartphones and tablets.
The users of these devices will no longer be able to create new accounts. However, they will still be able to continue using the WhatsApp applicated up until the deadline.
In the said blog post, WhatsApp stated: “Because we’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” .
Whatsapp is a Facebook-owned app. It boasts or nearly half a billion users across the globe. However, it is not clear how many users will be affected by the latest announcement that was made by WhatsApp.
Last December, WhatsApp announced that it would be ending its support for phones that are running Windows Phone 8.0 and older, as well as the Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, and Nokia Symbian S60.