If you’re still running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, WhatsApp will stop working for you tomorrow
The day has come. We knew it was upon us, we ready for it, we stocked provides simply in case it introduced on the apocalypse, and now all we are able to do is brace ourselves for influence. Tomorrow, WhatsApp will stop working on gadgets running Android 2.3.7. Your collector Galaxy S, Desire HD, Nexus One, Droid X2, and different telephones from that period will sadly turn into rather less helpful from then on.
WhatsApp had warned us about this impending doom in 2017, however still, three years is not essentially lengthy sufficient to arrange for such a colossal loss. If you’re on the opposite aspect of the cell divide, iOS eight can be being canned. WhatsApp formally helps Android four.zero.three+ and iOS 9+ now.
According to the newest Android distribution numbers, which date again to May of 2019, the dismissed Gingerbread (2.three) still accounted for zero.three% of energetic Android gadgets. (That’s most likely greater than Android 10’s present share — ouch!) Despite their resilience and refusal to die, these attractive retro telephones with the superbly uncommon headphone jack commodity, bodily buttons, and single digicam on the again, will now should face the identical music Froyo as soon as did earlier than them. I am not saying it was WhatsApp’s dumping of Android 2.2 that prompted Froyo’s market regression, however the timing was actually fortuitous.
If you’re still utilizing a Gingerbread gadget or know somebody who’s, first I wish to applaud you for retaining the battery and display alive, and for having sufficient endurance to deal with that tiny quantity of storage and RAM, however most significantly, please improve. Not for WhatsApp, not for options, however for safety. Android was so much looser with what it allowed nefarious websites and apps to do again then.
This additionally raises the query of the disposability of expertise merchandise. Gingerbread telephones are lower than a decade previous, however they have been practically out of date for a number of years already — this was one of many final nails of their coffin. That lifespan is so much shorter than we’re used to for most electronics and home equipment, and it is getting even shorter still. We ought to begin advocating for a clearer “expiry date” for devices (particularly now with the appearance of good house merchandise), a sustainable solution to do away with them once they’re previous that date, and an reasonably priced improve path for customers who cannot splurge on a brand new telephone or laptop each couple of years.
For now, although, simply flip off that dang Gingerbread telephone and verify round you for a very good place to ship it again to recycling.