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Report: WhatsApp to stop working on 53 smartphones from Nov 1

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WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging app, will reportedly stop working on some smartphones in November.

According to a report by Mirror UK , the company warned Android and Apple users that they need to urgently update their software, or risk not being able to use the app by an imminent update of the social service.

It was gathered that about 53 smartphones will be affected by the WhatsApp update, which is expected to kick in from November 1.

It is also reported that smartphones models with Android 4.0.4 or earlier installed will become incompatible with WhatsApp. This also includes iPhones with iOS 9 or earlier installed.

Below are some devices that are listed among those that may be affected.

  • Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Galaxy Trend II
  • Galaxy SII
  • Galaxy S3 mini
  • Galaxy Xcover 2
  • Galaxy Core
  • Galaxy Ace 2
  • Lucid 2
  • Optimus F7
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L3 II Dual
  • Optimus F5
  • Optimus L5
  • Best L5 II
  • Optimus L5 Dual
  • Best L3 II
  • Optimus L7
  • Optimus L7 II Dual
  • Best L7 II
  • Optimus F6, Enact
  • Optimus L4 II Dual
  • Optimus F3
  • Best L4 II
  • Best L2 II
  • Optimus Nitro HD
  • Optimus 4X HD
  • Optimus F3Q
  • ZTE V956
  • Grand X Quad V987
  • Grand Memo
  • Xperia Miro
  • Xperia Neo L
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Alcatel
  • Ascend G740
  • Ascend Mate
  • Ascend D Quad XL
  • Ascend D1 Quad XL
  • Ascend P1 S
  • Ascend D2
  • Archos 53 Platinum
  • HTC Desire 500
  • Caterpillar Cat B15
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Lenovo A820
  • UMi X2
  • Run F1
  • THL W8
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus

The instant messaging platform is however yet to release a statement with respect to the development.

In May, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) advised Nigerians to limit the sharing of sensitive personal information on private messaging and social media platforms such as WhatsApp.

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