Although WhatsApp has added tons of new features this year – such as disappearing messages, joinable group calls, and stickers. It claims it is phasing out support for these older phones to ensure the app still runs securely.
Not so long ago the messaging app lost a lot of users over the last year due to ongoing privacy concerns around its new terms of service. WhatsApp has traditionally marketed itself on offering secure, encrypted messaging but announced wildly unpopular changes to the way it handles user data.
Very sad news for people that are using phones that fall into that category of phones WhatsApp will be cancelling. You will now be forced to dig into your pocket to buy another phone. Because come to think of it, you don't have much of a choice. Who can survive these days without Whatsapp? No one.
Both Android and iOS will be affected by the change, 43 smartphone models in total will lose the ability to send messages and photos or make video calls using the encrypted messaging service.
Here is the list of phone models that will lose access to the app:
The iPhone SE, 6S and 6S Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core and Galaxy Ace 2.
The LG Lucid 2, Optimus F7, Optimus F5, Optimus L3 II Dual, Optimus F5, Optimus L5, Optimus L5 II, Optimus L5 Dual, Optimus L3 II, Optimus L7, Optimus L7 II Dual, Optimus L7 II, Optimus F6, Enact , Optimus L4 II Dual, Optimus F3, Optimus L4 II, Optimus L2 II, Optimus Nitro HD and 4X HD, and Optimus F3Q.
The ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987 and Grand Memo.
The Huawei Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2.
The Sony Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, Xperia Arc S.
The Alcatel One Touch Evo 7, Archos 53 Platinum, HTC Desire 500, Caterpillar Cat B15, Wiko Cink Five, Wiko Darknight, Lenovo A820, UMi X2, Faea F1 and THL W8.
Google has also joined WhatsApp by also announcing changes they will also be making.
Google also announced that it plans to completely end sign-in support for older Android devices this month. That means anyone with a device older than Android 2.3.7 will no longer be able to access basic Google services that make their phones functional.
The functionality for apps like Gmail or YouTube is stopping on September 27 – although they will be able to be accessed through the web browser – for devices running Android 2.3.7 or earlier.
Google said these changes are being made and they will continue to make these changes as user safety is their no.1 priority.
Google will no longer allow sign-in on Android devices that run Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021.
“If you sign in to your device after September 27, you may get username or password errors when you try to use Google products and services like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
“If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), we advise you to do so in order to maintain access to Google apps and services on that device.”
You will be able to sign in to your account with a newer Android version (3.0 or newer).
“If your device has the ability to update to a newer Android version (3.0+), it is advisable to do so.
“If you cannot update your device to a newer Android version (3.0+), you can try to log into your Google account on your device’s web browser.
“You can still use some Google services when logged into Google on your device’s web browser.”
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