Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has updated its FAQ, to announce that it will soon stop working for some smartphones by the end of this year. The company has revealed that it will no longer provide services to Android versions 2.3.7 and older, iOS 7 and older.
However, we should mention that WhatsApp will continue working on devices with Android versions 2.3.7 or older and iOS 7 or older until February 1, 2020. But then, people using these handsets will no longer be able to create new accounts nor verify existing accounts. WhatsApp has warned the users of Windows phone that its devices will no longer be able to use the operating system after December 2019. The app may not even be available on the Microsoft store after July 19, 2019. Even Windows users are not able to create or reverify their own account. The company has recommended it’s users to use Android 4.0.3 or more and iOS 8 or a higher version to continue using WhatsApp. The app will also work on KaiOS 2.5.1 (or later).
“You’ll no longer be able to use all Windows Phone operating systems after December 31, 2019, and WhatsApp might not be available in the Microsoft Store after July 1, 2019. Because we no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time,” the company’s FAQ said.
But the company is still allowing its users who already have the app installed on their smartphones to keep on using it. Users who are still using their old smartphones and Windows operating phones are likely to be most affected by this new change.
This is not the first time that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp has taken such a step. Earlier also the company announced that the app will stop working on smartphones running on Windows Phone operating system. The company has announced that the users of Windows phone will no longer be able to operate the app after December 31, 2019.
Whatsapp is also testing picture in picture or PiP mod for the iOS and Android version of its application. The new update is being rolled out for the beta users. According to a report, the new update will allow the users to minimize the video chat screen itself so that the user can chat with others simultaneously.
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