Whatsapp, one of the world’s biggest messaging platforms, has revealed via an update on it’s official blog that it would stop supporting Android devices running on Android version 2.3.7.
The update read: “For Android versions 2.3.7 and older, you can no longer create accounts, nor verify existing accounts. However, you’ll be able to continue using Whatsapp until February 1, 2020.”
This would mean that users with smartphones running the listed Operating System, would no longer receive security updates and new features. They will also not be able to verify new accounts. Tablets are also expected to be affected.
iPhones are not left out of the large scale change as the software would not function on iPhones running iOS 8 or older versions. Only iOS 9 and above would be compatible with the software. “WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 9 or later. On iOS 8, you can no longer create new accounts or verify existing accounts. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 8 device, you’ll be able to use it until February 1, 2020,” Read the post.
As for the Windows OS, you would require a Windows Phone 8.1 or later version, “Your Windows Phone is able to receive SMS or phone calls during the verification process,” WhatsApp added.
No support, however, would be provided for unlocked, rooted or jailbroken phones.