Digital Trends reported that, with the latest update, millions of phones around the world will not be able to use messaging services owned by Facebook, WhatsApp.
According to the information on the home page, WhatsApp currently only supports iPhone devices running iOS 9 and above, Android from version 4.0.3 and above and some popular phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 or higher. up.
According to data published by Google updated in May 2019, there are currently 0.3% of 2.5 billion Android phone users, equivalent to about 75 million people, still using the version. Gingerbread 2.3.7 or earlier.
|WhatsApp will currently only support iPhone devices running iOS 9 and above, Android versions 4.0.3 and above, and some popular phones running KaiOS 2.5.1 and above. Photo: PIXABAY.|
Meanwhile, Apple has not revealed specific numbers of iPhone users who have not upgraded iOS 8 and earlier.
Users of affected Android and iPhone devices will now have to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system to use WhatsApp.
In addition to being supported by WhatsApp, the upgrade of the operating system also brings the necessary security updates, and adds the latest features that Google and Apple have developed.
Unfortunately, for users of obsolete Android or iPhone devices, upgrading to an operating system is impossible. Specific examples are now iPhone 4s is no longer compatible with iOS versions 7 and above.
In this case, affected users will have no choice but to buy a newer generation smartphone to continue using WhatsApp.
“WhatsApp clearly has no other choice to ensure its service security system is secure. This makes them face difficulties when the app will no longer be compatible with some older smartphones, ”CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood told the BBC when WhatsApp announced the upgrade in 2017.