The company WhatsApp in the official blog reported on the update support for its messenger for mobile devices. Earlier it was expected that after the rejection of Android 2.1 Eclair and Android 2.2 Froyo developers will stop supporting Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the old versions of the operating system will continue to be compatible with the service. Together with this, WhatsApp extended the support period for iOS 7.
According to the announcement, WhatsApp will no longer support Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread platforms and earlier versions, as well as iOS 7 and earlier versions after February 1, 2020. By the end of Gingerbread support this version of the OS is almost 10 years old, currently, it is used by 0.3% of all Android users (approximately 3.9 million active devices). According to Apple, iOS 7 is now installed on less than 5% of the iPhone and iPad (approximately 10.7 million active devices) around the world. By the end of the WhatsApp support, she will be 7 years old.
Despite the continued support for legacy platforms, WhatsApp notes that there is no functionality update for them, so some messenger features may stop working at any time. The company also confirmed that the support for Nokia S40 will finally end on December 31 this year. Given a small number of users, this commitment is commendable for WhatsApp.
Recall that in late 2016 WhatsApp announced the end of support for the platforms BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iOS 6.
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