US-based free software, cross-platform messaging and voice over IP service, WhatsApp, says its app will stop working on millions of phones starting January 1, 2021 due to an update aimed at phasing out older devices.
According to the Independent UK, older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app.
The update is reported to target iOS9 operating systems for iPhone and Android 4.0.3, respectively.
Thanks to the new initiative, iPhones that don’t run iOS9 and any phones that don’t support at least Android 4.0.3, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, will no longer be able to open or use the app.
The development means that owners of the affected mobile devices will need to update their mobile operating system or purchase a new smartphone.
Some Android phones that will be affected by the new initiative include Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire, and LG Optimus Black.
Android users can check the software available on their devices by checking the settings sections. On the other hand, iPhone users can determine this by clicking Settings, General, and then Software Update.
Phones destined to lose WhatsApp support on January 1, 2021:
• Apple iPhone 1–4
• Samsung Galaxy s2
• HTC Desire
• LG Optimus Black
• Motorola Droid Razor
• Any Android released before 2010.
Phones that need to be updated to at least iOS 9 or Android OS 4.0.3:
• Apple iPhone 4S
• iPhone 5
• Iphone 5s
• iPhone 6
• iPhone 6S
• Samsung Galaxy S3 and newer
• Samsung Galaxy Note
• HTC Sensation
• HTC Thunderbolt
• LG Lucid
• Motorola Droid 4
• Sony Xperia Pro and newer