February 1, 2020 is the day marked for WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging app to stop working on millions of phones, both Android, iPhone and Windows Phone.
Facebook, the company behind WhatsApp has announced on its support website all the devices that will stop working that day, and there will be some millions that overnight will not be able to use the service.
WhatsApp will stop working on any iPhone that has iOS 8 or less. The operating system was announced by Apple in 2014. Therefore, those with an iPhone 6 or newer will have no problems, but those with older Apple devices that have not upgraded to iOS 9 will no longer be able to use the messaging service.
On the other hand, any Android smartphone with version 2.3.7 or lower will not be able to use WhatsApp after the date previously indicated. Attempts to create or verify new accounts will also be blocked.
Gingerbread -the way that version of Android is known- was announced by Google in 2010, so it has been long enough to update, but it is also true that there are millions of devices that still work but that the manufacturer blocked updates.
Windows Phone smartphones with a version less than 8.1 also stop working. This version was released in April 2014. It is the penultimate major release of Microsoft’s operating system, as they later moved to version 10.
Part of the reason WhatsApp begins to restrict certain older operating systems is the need to be more sophisticated, which is partly stopped for trying to be as compatible as possible with as many devices on the market.
Many of the new features WhatsApp would like to introduce are not possible because old operating systems do not support them, and prefer to maintain compatibility before leaving millions out for a new usage feature.
But consumers, at the same time, demand improvements and changes in the applications we use the most and after years of supporting operating systems that could only be qualified as archaic, it has been decided to leave behind some of them.