Hardware news Beware, WhatsApp will stop working very soon for people who own these smartphones!
Published on 21/10/2022 at 16:45
On October 31, in just 10 days, WhatsApp will deploy a new update, which will unfortunately sound the death knell for a number of smartphones still in circulation on the market.
What’s going to happen with WhatsApp on October 31?
Planned obsolescence, you’ve all heard of it at some point, haven’t you? It is this technique, oh so decried, which brings together “all the techniques, including software, by which the person responsible for placing a product on the market aims to deliberately reduce its lifespan”.
It was (is?) a very fashionable practice ten years ago on the smartphone market and, to a lesser extent, that of computers and laptops. As if by magic, after 2 years and 1 day, the day after the guarantee of your device, it began to experience problems with battery, latency and a whole bunch of unknown bugs until then.
And if the practice, often pinpointed, seems behind us (the manufacturers no longer hesitate to offer up to 3 or 4 years of guaranteed updates), it is not always possible to keep your electronic devices ad vitam æternam .
Because in addition to hardware and technologies, software also evolves, they require more power on the one hand and sometimes new security protocols which did not exist a few years ago and which are not compatible with old devices. This is particularly the case for WhatsApp, whose end-to-end data encryption (more commonly known as “encryption”) is at the heart of the challenges and promises of the application.
To be completely secure, the application (like others) requires recent security patches and some older devices unfortunately do not benefit from them.
Which versions of Android and which phones will be obsolete for WhatsApp on October 31?
As for Android, Meta says WhatsApp would stop working on devices still running Android 4.0.1 and earlier.
Which means stopping the service on the following devices :
Samsung Galaxy Ace 2Samsung Galaxy CoreSamsung Galaxy Tendance LiteSamsung Galaxy Tendance IIMini-samsung galaxySamsung Galaxy Xcover 2Huawei Ascend D2Huawei Ascend G740LG Lucid 2LG Optimus F7LG Optimus F5LG Optimus L5IILG Optimus L3IILG Optimus L7IILG Optimus F6LG Optimus F3LG Optimus L4IILG Optimus L2IILG Optimus F3QArchos 53 PlatinumHTC Desire 500Sony Xpéria MWiko Five FiveWiko DarknightZTE Grand S FlexLenovo A820ZTE V956 UMi X2ZTE Grand X Quad v987ZTE Grand Memo
If you still have one of these smartphones, two solutions are available to you, you switch from WhatsApp or change your phone.