WhatsApp is one of the most popular applications you can find on any mobile device. It is one of the first things people install on their phones when they get a new drive, and also one of the apps they frequent the most throughout the day. That is why the news that some devices won’t be able to run WhatsApp anymore won’t come too pleasant.
To expand on that last statement, WhatsApp declared that its services will not be available anymore on devices running Android 2.2 and below. Also, iOS 6 or lower users will also be cut off from using WhatsApp. These changes aren’t just a spur of the moment, and have pertinent reasoning behind them.
WhatsApp is concerned for its platform’s security in conjunction with old OS versions. And if 2016 was any indication of what outdated software can bring, no one can really blame them. The year that has just past was full of attacks and threats based off of outdate software, whether we’re talking about Flash Player or even Windows. Wanting to bolster its platform’s defenses, WhatsApp has no choice but to up the bar on what OS versions are supported.
Android users aren’t as affected as iOS users however. Since the latter is only for Apple products such as the iPhone, people running iOS 6 or lower at the moment will be forced to buy a new smartphone entirely if they want to continue using WhatsApp. The problem with that is that iPhones usually go pretty steep on the market, so not a lot of people will be able to afford that. While Android users will need a new device if their current one can’t support a higher version of the OS as well, it’s not as bad. A ton of manufacturers offer Android phones for very reasonable prices, and network carriers are pretty much giving some of them away for free.
Additionally, BlackBerry OS, Symbian and Nokia are also excluded from the list of supported software.
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