WhatsApp once stopped supporting older Android devices due to outdated mobile platforms. In contrast to this, WhatsApp has extended its support to users of old platforms for mobile devices.
It was already set to stop supporting older versions of the Android, BlackBerry, iOS, and Nokia devices. In fact, it was also stated by WhatsApp that users need to update their smartphone before 2016 will end.
Nevertheless, WhatsApp recently released a statement that it would continue to support the old BlackBerry and Nokia S40 devices. For this reason, it can be used until December 31, 2017 for the BlackBerry 10 devices, while the Nokia S40 series phones can enjoy until December 31, 2018.
Moreover, Windows mobile devices version 8.0 or older can enjoy this update only until the end of 2017. Meanwhile, Android versions 2.3.7 or older can enjoy until the 1st of February 2020.
However, despite the fact that users will be enjoying WhatsApp until the specified dates, some of the features would stop working. At the same time, you can’t expect to get the most recent features because WhatsApp would stop developing such platforms.
For those who are stuck at the old 2.3 Gingerbread platform, it will be fortunate because you can still keep using the app. At the same time, it was also announced that WhatsApp is going to stop supporting Android 2.2 or earlier.
It was not confirmed though that WhatsApp support for Android 2.1 and 2.2 will be dropped. But, Gingerbread users can still enjoy using WhatsApp for a couple of years or so. Well, it should be surprising to see people by that time to still use Android 2.3.x.
Alternatively, you can download and install older versions of WhatsApp if your device is no longer supported by the messaging service.