The WhatsApp application is expected to stop working on a number of older smartphones starting next November, which could prevent millions from accessing messages, photos and videos from their loved ones.
This is bad news for anyone who has kept their old phone for years, rather than buying the latest model every six months.
As of November 1, 43 smartphone models, both Android and iOS, will lose the ability to send messages and photos, or make video calls, using the encrypted messaging service. According to Russia Today.
Smartphones with Android 4.0.4 or earlier will no longer be compatible with WhatsApp, as will iPhones with iOS 9 or earlier.
This means that the following phones will lose access to the app:
– Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Trend II, Trend Lite, Core, Ace 2
– LG Optimus F7, F5, L3 II Dual, F7 II, F5 II
– Sony Xperia
– Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2
– Apple iPhone SE, 6S, and 6S Plus
WhatsApp added a lot of new features this year, such as the disappearance of messages and joinable group calls. It claims to be phasing out support for these older phones to ensure the app continues to run securely.
The messaging app has lost a lot of users over the past year due to ongoing privacy concerns about its new terms of service. WhatsApp has traditionally marketed itself as providing secure and encrypted messages, but it has announced highly unpopular changes to the way it handles user data.
These changes would have seen user data handed over to private companies to help with marketing. Many WhatsApp users turned to other alternatives, with Telegram users, for example, exceeding one billion downloads.
Big tech seems to threaten anyone who doesn’t want to buy the latest batch every year, as Google also announced that it plans to end login support entirely for older Android devices this month. This means that anyone with a device older than Android 2.3.7 will no longer be able to access the core Google services that make their phones work.
And if you own one of the phones above, then maybe it’s time to get rid of it.