Security is one of the most attended to departments in any type of app for obvious reasons, so this shouldn’t come as a total shock for people. Recently, WhatsApp decided to cut older operating systems off from its services.
The operating system versions in question are Android 2.2 and iOS 6, and with security in mind WhatsApp revoked their eligibility status. This isn’t a random decision from the developers behind the popular chatting app, as security played a big role in it, as mentioned before. A lot of cyber threats and attacks nowadays rely on outdated software and software technology, as it is being exploited to get to important data.
WhatsApp is looking to bolster its defenses and that means cutting some older OS version loose, so that the new ones might prosper. In all honesty, both Android 2.2 and iOS 6 are very old firmwares and the amount of people still using them is pretty low. When taking into consideration the shear cheapness of smartphones these days, which come pre-loaded with much higher Android builds, you can agree that this decision isn’t as dramatic. Apple device owners might a bit more to complain about than Android users.
Unlike the latter, Apple owners have to replace their handset with another iPhone device, which we all know isn’t that cheep. That being said, it’s easier to understand how someone could still be using iOS 6, but not so much when it comes to the very old Android version which has now been excluded from the WhatsApp invitation list.
Originally planned for complete removal, other operating systems such as Symbian S60, BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS have been granted an extended supported period of sorts where people using these operating systems won’t be kicked off of WhatsApp until late June.