Facebook-owned messaging app Whatsapp will not be available on a number of devices after the major update. The devices running Apple iOS 8 or earlier and devices using Google Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or prior versions are no longer able to access WhatsApp.
The intention is to avoid the security threat that a million WhatsApp users are facing in recent times. There is a large number of people using an older version of the operating system. A report published by google stated that 0.3% of the world’s 2.5 billion users are still on Android Gingerbread or earlier.
According to the source, Apple launched iOS 9 in 2015, meaning anyone with an iPhone 6s or newer is safe. Certain older models are able to install iOS 8, though not all. These are the iPhones that came out before the release of iOS 8, together with whether they support the newer software:
- iPhone 6/ iPhone 6 Plus – Can update to iOS 9 to support WhatsApp
- iPhone 5/ iPhone 5s/ iPhone 5c – Can update to iOS 9 to support WhatsApp
- iPhone 4s – Can update to iOS 9 to support WhatsApp
- iPhone 4 and older – Cannot update to iOS 9 and will lose support for WhatsApp
However, the update will affect any Android phones running a version older than 4.0.3 which means smartphones running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) and earlier will be affected.