After the stop to Windows Phones, from 1 February 2020 WhatsApp has also ended support for some older iPhones and Android. In particular, the popular instant messaging client has ceased support for iPhones with iOS 8 and earlier versions, as well as on Android devices with Gingerbread 2.3.7 or earlier versions on board. In other words, time to update the operating system, if not update your smartphone with these OS installed.
For some users, stopping support should be easy to get around: in many cases, in fact, it will be sufficient to update your device from the System Settings. Taking, for example, the iOS system, it will be sufficient to switch from iOS 8 to iOS 9 to be able to use WhatsApp again.
It is clear, however. that not all iPhones can be updated. For example, those who still use the old and expensive iPhone 4 will no longer be able to use WhatsApp. Recall, that the first of Apple's smartphones to be compatible with iOS 9 iPhone 4s. In other words, anyone with this iPhone, or a more recent device, will be able to update to an operating system that will allow you to use WhatsApp.
On Android, as androidcentral also explains, it is more complicated to understand exactly which and how many smartphones can still update their operating system in order to use the instant messaging client. In any case, the developer's move does not surprise you. It was only a matter of time before the colossus abandoned support for older devices. This is because, first of all, the most obsolete systems are not able to provide the protection that the app needs.
Just to rattle off some numerical data, remember that starting from May 2019, 0.3 percent of Android users were still running Gingerbread, which translated in a nutshell translates into millions of users who will no longer be able to run WhatsApp on own smartphones. This is not to mention users who still use an iPhone 4 today.
The novelty, which does not make owners of dated devices happy, is still part of the unfortunate technological cycle to which hardware and software are subjected, which in a few years see their "fame" collapse steeply, under the blows of OS increasingly updated and safe.