Read further to see if your device will be affected.
Social messaging app WhatsApp has announced that from October 24 this year, the app will no longer function on some Android smartphones. Phones that are operating on the 4.1 system or earlier will no longer have WhatsApp compatibility. Similarly, only iOS 12 phones or later will be able to use WhatsApp from the same date.
Companies regularly update their apps to fix bugs, introduce new features, or upgrade software, and as new enhancements are made, sometimes a company will discontinue use for older operating systems on smartphones if that operating system is deemed obsolete or vulnerable to security breaches.
It would be fair to assume that is what is going on here with WhatsApp. So if you have the following phone models, you might wish to consider upgrading to a newer one:
- Samsung Galaxy S2
- Sony Xperia Z
- Motorola Xoom
- HTC Desire HD
- LG Optimus 2X
- HTC Sensation
- Nexus 7
- HTC One
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc3
It would be prudent to check your smartphone version by going into Settings>About Phone>Software Details. Be sure your Android or iOS version will be compatible, because come October 24, you will no longer be able to send or receive messages.