WhatsApp will cease engaged on older smartphones from 1 January 2018 as the corporate pulls help for older working methods.
Explaining the transfer to drag help, WhatsApp stated that when it was based in 2009 the cell panorama was very completely different.
“About 70% of smartphones bought on the time had working methods provided by BlackBerry and Nokia,” the corporate defined.
“Cellular working methods provided by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5% of gross sales immediately – had been on lower than 25% of cell units bought on the time.”
The complete listing of unsupported cell working methods is:
:: BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
:: Nokia S40
:: Nokia Symbian S60
:: Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
:: Home windows Telephone 7
:: iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
For many WhatsApp customers, pulling help for older working system (OS) variations is not going to actually be noticeable.
The latest Android OS that WhatsApp will now not be supported on, 2.2 or “Froyo”, was launched greater than seven years in the past on 20 Might 2010.
Statistics launched final January by Google, which develops Android, indicated that lower than zero.1% of all Android units nonetheless ran Froyo.
The latest Android launch eight.zero or “Oreo” was launched on 21 August 2017.
For Apple customers, iOS 6 was launched on 19 September 2012, and was succeeded by iOS 7 in 2013. Lower than zero.03% of iPhone customers are at the moment utilizing iOS 6.
The latest model of Apple’s cell working system is iOS 11 was launched on 19 September 2017.
Blackberry OS has lower than zero.5% of the smartphone working system market share within the UK.
Home windows Telephone is just run by roughly 1% of UK smartphone customers, a lot of whom shall be on later variations of the Home windows Telephone OS.