Android phone users. Who are using an outdated operating system. Now they are no more allowed to use the service of WhatsApp and even other applications owned by Facebook. As, it was stated by officials of Facebook that it is our key goal to make sure. All Facebook-owned applications should become more secure for its users. So, smartphones employing Android 2.3.7 or older and iPhone users. Who are using iOS 8 or older will not be able to use their service. Particularly, WhatsApp and Facebook. In simple words, new version of the operating system in android phone is a must requirement for WahtsApp users.
Updated Operating System For WhatsApp
The operating systems for which WhatsApp is plummeting its support are bequest operating systems that are no longer can be updated by its users. Moreover, few devices like iPhone-4 which only work with iOS 7, will also not be suitable for the use of WhatsApp. As Ben Wood, chief of researchers at CSS Insight (a research and advisory company) has stated:
“WhatsApp clearly had no option but to ensure its service remains secure, however, it faces the difficult side-effect that the app is no longer compatible with older smartphones.”
WhatsApp Warned Its Users
This decision pertaining to WhatsApp and other Facebooks owned apps would have an impact on several users. Who are using older versions of operating systems for their mobile phones. The WhatsApp which is one of the most installed application of the last decade has warned its users almost two years ago in 2017. So now from 1st February 2019 onwards all the older users of the operating system have to either look for a new mobile or must have to download a new version of an operating system. So, an updated operating is a must requirement for all WahtsApp users
A spokesperson of WhatsApp said:
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp’s Dual Value Strategy
So, by all means, it’s a good step taken by WhatsApp and Facebook management. Although, some users might not appreciate it. But given the importance of user’s data security and fines that these organizations have to bear in the past for matters related to user security. It is wise on the part of WhatsApp. Otherwise, who knows one day they might have to take the drastic steps. Like Avast, who is currently planning to shut down its subsidiary, Jumshot. Who is alleged to sale vital customer’s information, as obtained from Avast. So prevention is better than cure and overall, it seems to favor both, the service provider and its users.