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Whatsapp releases lists of phones which won’t support the app, after November 1st

New Delhi, Wed, 08 Sep 2021 NI Wire

Like every year, as 2021 is on its last legs, there is another cycle of Whatsapp’s end of support for some Android phones and iPhones.

The messaging app which is extensively used globally, for every bit of communication, has brought a new list of phones, which would not support the messaging app anymore, after the 1st of November. These phones are generally Android handsets that are running on Android 4.0.3 or lower or iPhones that are running on iOS 9 or older.

The list released by Whatsapp includes handsets from Samsung, LG, ZTE, Huawei, Sony, Alcatel, and others. While it also features  iPhones, like the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s.

For Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite, Galaxy Trend II, Galaxy SII, Galaxy S3 mini, Galaxy Xcover 2, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2 will lose support by November.

LG’s phones like Lucid 2, LG Optimus F7, LG 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 won’t support Whatsapp.

Devices from Chinese maker ZTE including the ZTE Grand S Flex, ZTE V956, Grand X Quad V987, and ZTE Grand Memo and phones like Huawei’s Ascend G740, Ascend Mate, Ascend D Quad XL, Ascend D1 Quad XL, Ascend P1 S, and Ascend D2 will also stop supporting messaging app.

Sony’s Xperia Miro, Sony Xperia Neo L, and Xperia Arc S are included in the list, alongside other devices from Alcatel, HTC, Lenovo, and more.

Whatsapp has listed about 43 phones in total where the Facebook-owned messaging app will be incompatible. However, it doesn’t mean that come November 1st the app will stop functioning on these phones.  The apps on these phones will not get security updates, new features, which would slowly lead to the app being defunct on these older phones.

-Supratik Mitra (07/09/21)

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