A few months ago, WhatsApp stopped supporting Android Eclair and Froyo, and soon will lose support for the newer version of Android – 2.3.x (Gingerbread). The messenger will also stop working on iOS 8, released in 2014.
The developers blog says that WhatsApp will retain partial compatibility with Android 2.3.x and iOS 8 until February 1, 2020, after which the owners of older smartphones will no longer be able to use the messenger and they will have to refuse it or purchase newer devices. Already on Android 2.3.x and iOS 8 it is impossible to re-create new WhatsApp accounts or verify existing accounts.
WhatsApp developers recommend that users upgrade to the latest versions of Android or iOS, and if this is not possible, purchase smartphones that have the latest updates installed. Old platforms are gradually losing relevance and are systematically losing support for WhatsApp.
Currently, Android 2.3.3-2.3.7 accounts for less than 0.2% of devices running Android, and the share of Android below 2.3.3 is generally zero. WhatsApp has been supporting Android Gingerbread for almost a decade.