The New Year seems to bring some bad news for enthusiasts of very old smartphone models. If you are using an old Android phone like Samsung Galaxy 2 or even the venerable Droid Razr from Motorola, you will not be able to run WhatsApp on them anymore.

According to an update posted on WhatsApp website FAQ page, support for WhatsApp has been removed from running on old Android and iOS systems. If you are an Android user, to run WhatsApp you would have to run Android OS version 4.0.3 or newer iterations.  For iOS users, iterations from iOS 9 onwards are supported.

If you are running an older model of iPhone, you may consider updating your updating system. Further details about iPhone support for WhatsApp can be learnt from its FAQ page.

While WhatsApp may have its valid reasons for preventing older models from running WhatsApp, the move from messaging giant is likely to affect millions of users. Older iPhone models are used by many users especially in developing countries and same is true for several Android old Smartphones too.

In case you are using an old iPhone and are worried about the change from WhatsApp, you can check the version of your operating system by going to Settings and then General and About section. Android users can find out their OS version by going to Settings and then About tab. 

Of late WhatsApp which is owned by the social networking major FaceBook has introduced a slew of advanced features in its messaging platform. It has introduced support for joining missed group calls anytime during the ongoing call. It has also rolled out disappearing messages and updated its search options. To make messaging more fun, it has also made animated stickers available alongside regular stickers.