*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
WhatsApp has blocked over 50 phones.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng gathered that WhatsApp has commenced blocking millions of phones of its clients across the world, meaning that they can no longer access messages, photos and contacts.
The popular messaging app, which is owned by Facebook, is pulling support for some major smartphones.
The app will be blocked on phones that are not updated to a certain level as they will no longer be able to support the software.
43 Android and iOS models will lose the ability to send messages and pictures or make video calls on WhatsApp from Monday 1 November, reported the Daily Star.
That includes any phone with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed or any iPhone with the iOS 9 software or earlier.
Google did just that with old Android phones for Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps.
In a report, the British tabloid gave possible reasons why tech companies withdraw support for older devices.
“Sometimes it’s because it’s simply not cost-efficient to keep apps working on very old versions of iOS or Android.”
“That’s especially the case if only a small percentage of users are running these old versions of software,” the report read.
Below are the devices that are expected to be affected from November 1, 2021.
The platform will no longer work on these phones after 1 November:
iPhone 6iPhone 6S plusiPhone SE
Galaxy Trend LiteGalaxy Trend IIGalaxy SIIGalaxy S3 miniGalaxy Xcover 2Galaxy CoreGalaxy Ace 2
Lucid 2Optimus F7Optimus F5Optimus L3 II DualOptimus F5Optimus L5Best L5 IIOptimus L5 DualBest L3 IIOptimus L7Optimus L7 II DualBest L7 IIOptimus F6, EnactOptimus L4 II DualOptimus F3Best L4 IIBest L2 IIOptimus Nitro HDOptimus 4X HDOptimus F3Q
ZTE V956Grand X Quad V987Grand Memo
Xperia MiroXperia Neo LXperia Arc S
Ascend G740Ascend MateAscend D Quad XLAscend D1 Quad XLAscend P1 SAscend D2
Other smartphones to be affected are:
AlcatelArchos 53 PlatinumHTC Desire 500Caterpillar Cat B15Wiko Cink FiveWiko DarknightLenovo A820UMi X2Run F1THL W8