WhatsApp Plans to End Support for Some Phones Starting 2020
In the last week of 2019, WhatsApp announced that smartphones having an older version than Android 2.3.7 and iOS8, could not access.
WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging apps around the globe. A recent survey found out that there are nearly 1 billion users in almost 180 countries.
The latest news released by WhatsApp reveals users with iPhone 4 and Android smartphones purchased before 2011 will not be able to download WhatsApp from PlayStore or Google Play respectively, starting February 2020. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S and Google Nexus will be the ones to be out of the race from using WhatsApp early 2020.
The messaging app company has already blocked users with Windows from accessing the platform. Further, all Microsoft Lumia devices, HP Elite smartphones, iPhones older than version iPhone 5, and Android smartphones like Motorola Droid and Google Nexus will lose the ability to use the app. Smartphones with version 4.0.3 or above and iPhone iOS9 or above will continue to use WhatsApp service.
The latest study found out that India is one of the leading countries in the usage of WhatsApp. The number of users crossed over 400 million in a month and a major portion of this was from India.
The messaging app platform is planning to launch some new features for calls in the line. For instance, users can now see who’s there on call waiting instead of only engaged tone. Until now, the waiting calls were only shown as missed calls in notifications and the update will allow users to receive that call. The update will be upgraded in the latest version of the app; i.e., 2.19.352 or later. WhatsApp will also fix the issues related to the battery power drain while using other apps. It will also introduce a feature to use the app in dark mode.
Moreover, in the coming time, Facebook is planning to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram’s messages, and Facebook Messenger in a single messaging platform.