The WhatsApp messenger will no longer support devices on legacy versions of Android, iOS and Windows Phone
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The developers of WhatsApp messenger announced that in the near future will stop supporting older versions of operating systems. Support all operating systems based on Windows Phone will cease after 31 December 2019.
End of support announced for devices on Android 2.3.7 and iOS 7 and earlier versions. To use WhatsApp messenger on these devices will be possible until February 1, 2020.
The developers of WhatsApp also warned that some features of the messenger on devices with outdated operating system can stop working at any time, much before the specified dates. WhatsApp recommend users to think about buying devices with Android version 4.0.3, iOS 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 and later.
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And if the share of smartphones on Windows Phone compared to competitors is extremely small, the number of devices on older versions of Android 2.3.7 and iOS 7 (and earlier) is measured in millions. At a recent developer conference I/O 2019 Google announced that in the world there are 2.5 billion active Android devices. Of them for versions below 4.0.3 is about 0.3%. And that about 7.5 million units.
Similar situation with devices on older versions of iOS. In January 2019 Apple said that the total number of iOS devices has exceeded 900 million. Of these, about 0.6 percent working on iOS and older. And that about 5.4 million devices.
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Thus, the WhatsApp messenger will stop working on over 12 million devices worldwide. On the one hand for WhatsApp is less than 1% of their audience, which has over 1.5 billion users. On the other people who use devices on legacy OS – most likely elderly, or just people who are not particularly versed in the art and do not like to change their usual device for a new one.
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