WhatsApp, the preferred instant messaging platform for scores of users around the world, will end support for Android Gingerbread-based smartphones on February 1, 2020. Gingerbread or version 2.x.x was first made available to users in 2010 and Android is currently on version 8.0 with Android 9.0 in development.
Currently, there are still close to 3.9 million users who run Android Gingerbread that’s around 0.3 per cent of total Android users. In addition to Android, WhatsApp will end support for iOS7 devices on the same date.
Smartphone users on Android Gingerbread will lose WhatsApp support on February 1, 2020. What this basically means is that users will eventually need to upgrade to a smartphone running a more current version of the Android operating system.
Earlier, WhatsApp stopped supporting Windows Phone 8.0, BlackBerry OS and Blackberry 10 platforms on December 31, 2017. The instant messenger will stop supporting Nokia S40 devices by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp group video and voice calling feature has been launched for a select group of users on the beta version of the app.
As announced by the company at the Facebook F8 developers conference, it appears that the feature is slowly being made available to beta testers before releasing to the general public.
WhatsApp Group video calling, similar to Facebook Group video calling, will allow users to add multiple contacts to an ongoing video call.
The feature has been expected for a while and the company had earlier announced that it will be launched soon along with WhatsApp stickers.