No more WhatsApp for old phones?
Whatsapp is the most popular International messaging platform. It’s an alternative to sending text via sim credit. It first launched in 2009. Since then it’s rising. Recently, Whatsapps has announced that there would be no WhatsApp for older version smartphones. WhatsApp will no longer support:
1. iPhone with lower iOS than iOS 9 (like iPhone 4S or lower versions).
2. Android with a lower version than 2.3.7 (like all of the released Android phones of 2010 an before that).
3. Windows phones launched till now, all of them. No matter if they are running on their latest software or an older one.
The Whatsapp in Windows phones will be removed on 31st December, the same month when Microsoft ends support of its Windows 10 Mobile OS. It will be removed in iOS and Androids from 1st February 2020.
WhatsApp has more than 1 Billion users across 180 countries, and millions of them will lose access to their popular messaging app. The largest user market for Whatsapp is India, where 400+ Million active users are found monthly. This move of WhatsApp was already predicted. In 2014, Facebook bought the WhatsApp for $19 Billion and now trying to unite WhatsApp with Facebook and Instagram messaging platforms. This would have made apps soo heavy that old phones wouldn’t be able to download. So it’s better to entirely remove it from their OS system.
The Facebook-owned company said, “Users who use these operating systems are already unable to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify existing accounts.”
This Tuesday, users around the globe faced problems related to sending and receiving messages in WhatsApp. Reports showed outage across Europe, the US, Mexico, and South America.
“We recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone for the best experience,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
Whatsapp launched a new calling feature in Its Android phones, after launching it on iOS. This app gives you the authority to receive or cut the coming call while being on another call. Prior to this, a call used to cut automatically when the receiver was on another call. WhatsApp head Will Cathcart and Facebook Messenger’s Stan Chudnivsky said it would be impossible for the companies to create a “backdoor for one purpose and not expect others to try and open it.”
“Private messages of users would be less secure and the real winners would be anyone seeking to take advantage of that weakened security,” their statement said. “That is not something that we are prepared to do.”
Are you the one using any of those older version smartphones? What changes did you see in your WhatsApp features by now? Please share your experience in the given section below.