Meta recently announced that Whatsapp will not work on a list of smart phones with Android and iOS support, since the New Year. In fact, since 31st December itself, Whatsapp will cease to run on certain Samsung phones and few others. Upgrading the app might help for certain models though, if you want to keep running Whatsapp. SamMobile reports that around seven phones from Samsung that saw release between 2011 and 2013 are part of the list. The Galaxy handsets part of this list are-
· Ace 2
· S3 Mini
· Trend II
· Trend Lite
· Xcover 2
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WhatsApp will also not run on models from HTC, Apple, Huawei, LG, Lenovo, and Sony. Earlier in October this year, iPhones that ran on iOS 11 or older platforms, stopped supporting Whatsapp. WhatsApp announced on the website to upgrade to iOS 12 or a new version for running Whatsapp.
For Android phones, Android 4.1 or a more latest version must be used for supporting the messaging software.
iPhone 5 and 5c are the iPhone models to get affected with this latest update, as per reports from Mashable India. Whatsapp commented, “To keep up with the latest advances in tech, we routinely stop supporting older operating systems to point our resources to supporting the latest ones.”
On cards for Whatsapp is also a latest feature that will enable users with ability for reporting status update on the desktop. Currently, this is available on the Beta version only.
If users see any suspicious status update that might violate the Terms of Service, they will be able to report it to the moderation team with the new option.
Earlier, GizChina mentioned around 49 smart phones that will phase out WhatsApp from December 31 this year. Some models part of this list are-
· iPhone 5
· iPhone 5c
· 53 Platinum Archos
· S Flex ZTE
· X Quad V987 ZTE
· Desire 500 from HTC
· Huawei Ascend D, D1, D2, G740
· Ascend Mate
· Ascend P1
· Quad XL
· Lenovo’s A820
· LG Enact, Lucid 2, Optimus 4X HD, Optimus F3, F3Q, F5, F6, F7, L2 II, L3 II, L3 II Dual, L4 II, L4 II Dual
· Sony Xperiamiro, Neo L
· WikoCink Five, Darknight ZT
Earlier in November 2021 too, Whatsapp had announced has released a similar list of devices that wouldn’t support the chat software either. It is no surprise that the new list is again out this year again.