Old smartphones lose WhatsApp
New Year Eve was much awaited for general public for the celebration, but it was dreadful for those stuck with older android versions on their phones. WhatsApp stopped working on a range of older smartphones on the New Year’s eve.
The Facebook-owned messaging app no longer supports smartphones running Android 2.2 Froyo, or older versions of Android, iPhones running iOS 6 or older, as well as the handful of smartphones running Windows Phone 7 or earlier version.
In an explanation to this decision, WhatsApp had earlier said that it was a difficult decision for the company to cut access to older devices, but insisted that older mobile operating systems don’t “offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
Even though these are quite old operating systems many people still use smartphones that cannot be upgraded to a newer version. And as a result of this, now they have lost access to WhatsApp.
It is because over the years WhatsApp has matured, picking up sophisticated and understandably resource-rich features such as voice calling, and video calling. From a security stand point, it has pushed end-to-end encryption and other improvements to all its users.
However, it is to be noted that WhatsApp will also kill support for devices running BlackBerry 10 OS, or Nokia S40, or Nokia Symbian S60 operating system this June. The company had previously planned to cut support for these platforms at the end of 2016 as well, but later it gave them a little more time.