WhatsApp has become one of the most popular instant messaging apps over the period among the people. Smartphone messaging app has around 15 billion of users base across the globe. However, the sad news is that WhatsApp is going to shut down its services for millions of its users. Facebook-owned instant messaging company is going to stop its operation on outdated and older versions of Android, Apple and Windows phone in the next couple of months. It will require users to have more efficient OS software to be able to use WhatsApp. The tough decision by the company will come into effect as soon as December 31, 2019.
The latest updated WhatsApp will support iOS 9 or higher versions, which means users with iPhone 5, or lesser versions will not be able to use the instant messaging services. Consumers, who are using smartphones from Samsung, Google, Huawei, and Sony will have to have at least version 4.0 of the software to keep texting through WhatsApp. Version 4.0 is also known as ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ software. The officials have informed that Windows phone users will be locked out of the services after December 31, 2019. As per the analysts, WhatsApp will lose millions of its users by these changes. End of messaging service due to outlined devices is going to affect a large number of people as WhatsApp has created a total dependency with its instant messaging services across the world.
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg took over WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. He had announced that he is planning to merge instant messaging services into his social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram. Nevertheless, app incompatibility is not a new issue; developers keep experimenting with time to introduce new and more relevant features. These updates also keep the app safe and secured. Many new features need the latest software for smooth function; there is where incompatibility issues start to kick in. Users should switch to newer versions of the software at the earliest possible to keep messaging through WhatsApp.