For most WhatsApp users, pulling support for older operating system (OS) versions will not really be noticeable.
WhatsApp is about to stop working on a range of old smartphones, meaning owners will have to buy newer gadgets if they want to continue using the chat app to the best of its capabilities.
Although the phones will still be able to use the app, the upgrade would be unavailable.
The company has said that it is looking forward to focussing on mobile platforms which are used by the majority of the users. Similar to Blackberry, Microsoft has also stopped offering its operating system in newer mobiles.
Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5% of sales today - were on less than 25% of mobile devices sold at the time.
The company stated that older platforms lack the kind of features that the app requires in order to be able to expand its functionalities in the future.
The app will stop working on phones running on Android 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread), and will be stopped from February 1, 2020. Earlier, support for messaging app was discontinued for Nokia phones running Symbian S60 from June 30, 2017. The Android versions that no longer work with WhatsApp were released in 2009 and 2010. You can transfer content between your Windows 10 devices, or you can even transfer content between your Windows 10 device and your Android phone.
"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone". Because of its cross-platform support it has become the most popular messaging platform in the world. This will be the only way to continue using WhatsApp.