- WhatsApp has announced that some iPhone and Andriod smartphone users will be cut off from its platform
- The decision will be made in October and will affect users of the selected phones from across the world
- The last time a similar announcement was made, no fewer than 42 types of phones from different smartphone manufacturers were affected
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WhatsApp, the world's most popular messaging app, has announced it will cease working on some older devices starting Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
In a note on its FAQ page seen by YEN.com.gh, the Meta-owned app stated that it will stop supporting smartphones running Android 4.1 or below.
Also, iPhones still running iOS 11 or lower will be cut off.
Smartphones that will support WhatsApp
According to WhatsApp, it will only have support for phones with Android 5.1 and above after the set date.
The messaging platform will also continue to support iPhones with iOS 12 and later and KaiOS 2.5.0 and above.
WhatsApp message reads:
"Starting October 24, 2023, only Android OS version 5.0 and newer will be supported.
"Your phone must be able to receive SMS or calls during the verification process. We don’t support setting up new accounts on WiFi only devices.
"Before we stop supporting your operating system, you'll be notified directly in WhatsApp ahead of time and reminded a few times to upgrade.
"We’ll update this page regularly to ensure that the latest operating systems that we support are listed."
While WhatsApp failed to list out the phones that will be affected by the change, checks by YEN.com.gh show Android users that are likely to be affected, including phones from Sony, HTC, LG, Motorolla and more.
While iPhones still running on iOS 11 need to update to iOS 12.
Meta putting AI in smart glasses,
Meanwhile, in another report, YEN.com.gh reported Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg announced the tech giant is putting artificial intelligence into digital assistants and smart glasses as it seeks to gain lost ground in the AI race.
Zuckerberg made his announcements at the Connect developers conference at Meta's headquarters in Silicon Valley, the company's main annual product event.
The second-generation Meta Ray-Ban smart glasses made in a partnership with EssilorLuxottica will have a starting price of $299 when they hit the market on October 17.
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