popular messaging giant WhatsApp that is owned by Facebook has now decided to
further extend support of its app for older versions of Android until early
2020, due to prevailing fragmentation in the Android ecosystem. It has even
provided BlackBerry, as well as Symbian users, another survival chance by
extending its deadline to end 2017 and 2018 respectively.
shouldn’t come as a sudden surprise for many because this is not the first time
WhatsApp has decided to extend the deadline for ending support for the
application for these platforms.
The WhatsApp previously wanted to end the
support for all aforementioned platforms by end of 2016 but the same has now
been extended from previously stated specific deadlines. A blog post has been
updated with some specifics with the info given below:
Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
OS and BlackBerry 10 after
31, 2017 Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017
S40 after December 31, 2018
versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020
may still be able to communicate messages to you friends and family with the
use of WhatsApp on devices running any of the aforementioned out-of-date
software, some of the latest features may never reach you or the ones that
already exist may stop functioning properly over time. This has been asserted
in the official blog post as under:
will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop
functioning at any time.
latest Android version distribution numbers, they don’t look as much attracted
towards Nougat as one would expect. It has still only reached a lump sum of 7
odd percent of the users, while others are still heavily reliant on previous
iterations, with Lollipop 5.0 and Marshmallow 6.0 accounting for more than 63
percent of the pie. While about 18 percent, which is a major chunk of Android
users, are still stuck on 4.4 version i.e. Kitkat.
2.3, however, makes only one percent of the market, then WhatsApp extending
support for such a minimal number of its users until early 2020 seems unjustified.
But, this prominent messaging app is looking to support as many users as
possible until as long as possible. However, there isn’t any possibilities of
existence of any Android 2.1, 2.2 or even 2.3 users until 2020.
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