The Bugg may have started this morning. Websites inoperative for several hours. Even some social networks did not work this morning via some data providers. The situation could worsen from Friday, January 1, 2021. Several million phones could see the WhatsApp social network inoperative.
A new WhatsApp update will prevent the popular messaging app from working on millions of phones from January 1, 2021, according to a report. Older Android and iPhone devices will no longer support the latest version of the app, forcing owners to update their mobile operating system or purchase a new smartphone, Yahoo News reports. Any iPhone not running iOS 9 or newer, or any phone not running at least Android 4.0.3 – also known as Ice Cream Sandwich – will no longer be able to open or use the Facebook owned app. This means that all iPhone models up to iPhone 4 will not be able to support WhatsApp, as these phones are not able to update to iOS 9.
Android phones that will lose support for WhatsApp include the Samsung Galaxy S2, HTC Desire, and LG Optimus Black. Phone owners can see what software their device is using by checking the settings section. Most of the world’s 2 billion WhatsApp users will not be affected by the change, although the small fraction that will be likely to include several million people worldwide.