It seems like the messaging apps are making their best efforts to force us in purchasing a modern smartphone. Just recently, Facebook-owned WhatsApp dropped the support for older smartphones, and now, rival Telegram Messenger has also stopped working on the phones running on older operating systems.
The company has announced that the users of Android v2.2 (Froyo), Android v2.3 (Gingerbread), Android v3.0 (Honeycomb), and Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) need to get phones running on modern operating systems.
Interestingly, you can still use the web version of Telegram Messenger on any smartphone, which is a good news for the users who don’t have a plan to get a new device any time soon. Moreover, Telegram will also keep working on Apple’s iOS 6 while WhatsApp had stopped the support for this operating system as well.
It is important to mention here that the versions of Android operating systems, for which Telegram has ended the support make up more than 1.3 percent of total Android users. Telegram has around 100 million users and it is one of the most used messaging app after WhatsApp.
According to the company, Telegram wants to introduce some newer features on its app, and these functions will not work on the older smartphones. Keeping in mind the issues of incompatibility of the newer functions with the older operating systems, the developers have decided to drop the support for the old OS versions. A latest Application Programming Interface (API) is required to run the modern features of Telegram.
Skype also does not work on older Android and iOS smartphones, which use the Android version 4.0.4 or below, and iOS version 7 or below. There is a chance that almost every one of us who own an older smartphone will have to get a modern device for avoiding the disruption in the communication.