The WhatsApp messenger will stop working on millions of smartphones around the world in 2020. The company announced that it would no longer support the app on Windows Mobile, older iPhones, and legacy Android phones.
However, do not rush to the store for new devices. Users will still have the messenger to function for some time. From 2020, WhatsApp will not stop working with the messenger, but simply will no longer release updates.
This situation will affect all users who currently have smartphones on Windows Mobile, Android 2.3.7 and below, and an iPhone with an operating system below iOS 8.
According to experts, developers will not only stop releasing updates, but also disable the functionality for creating new accounts and for re-confirming an existing account.
Facebook, which owns the messenger, said it is focusing on developing mobile platforms that the vast majority of users use. New phone models are constantly being released, OS updates are released – Android and iOS. The company is trying to transfer development teams to new platforms where new functionality can be developed.
According to experts, this situation is not unusual – WhatsApp is optimizing. Facebook and WhatsApp have billions of users, and when it comes to millions, this is too little company-wide for them. Therefore, it is not profitable for them to devote a group of developers to support an application that is used by a small number of people on an overall scale.
According to sources in Russia, about 1.5-2 million use models of smartphones on which WhatsApp stops supporting the application update, which is about 0.2% of all users.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messengers in the world. As of February last year, the messenger was used by more than 1.5 billion people.