Whatsapp To Stop Working On Some Phones

WhatsApp has announced that as of 01 November 2021 it will stop supporting some 43 older model smartphones including the iPhone 6s. Various models of other competing brands such as Huawei, LG and Samsung will also be affected.

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Millions of Whatsapp users are about to lose access to the popular instant messing app. This comes after the Facebook-owned platform recently announced that it plans to cancel the use of the messaging app for 43 models of various smartphone brands with effect from 01 November.

The messaging platform will be disabled on phones that run on operating systems that are older than Android OS 4.1, Apple's iOS 10 and KaiOS 2.5.1, according to its FAQ section.

In an interview with eNCA, Technology journalist, Nafisa Akabor says that these changes come as a result of the platform looking to optimize its services by adding on its software features on newer hardware platforms.

Whatsapp is trying to bring out new features as technology evolves. They want to push out new trends and as a result of this, you can't put newer technology under older hardware. Sometimes the minimum requirements are not met, so with this major announcement its Andriod 4.0.4 and OIS 9 upwards.

She adds that since older smartphone models such as the iPhone 6 for example are likely to not meet the app's minimum software requirements, the app might not be able to run an update upon request for a software upgrade.

As a result of this will either have to upgrade to a newer smartphone model with an operating system that the company supports or consider using a different messaging service altogether. 

Furthermore, the smartphones that will no longer be able to use WhatsApp from the start of November include the following:

Apple:

The first generation iPhone SE, 6s and 6s Plus,  

Samsung:

The Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core and Galaxy Ace 2.

LG:

The LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus F5, Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact, Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD, and Optimus F3Q.

ZTE:

The ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.

Huawei:

The Huawei Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S and Ascend D2.

Sony:

The Sony Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L and Xperia Arc S.

Others

The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7, Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820, UMi X2, Faea F1 and THL W8.

 

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