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WhatsApp extends support for Android Gingerbread until 2020

Surprisingly, Android Gingerbread barely has a market share of 0.3 percent.

  • Published: June 14, 2018 4:30 PM IST

Android OS fragmentation issue is something that we have been talking about for years now. The problem continues as Android OEMs fail to deliver timely updates, because of which app developers also have to ensure that their apps support the dated operating systems. And while popular messaging apps have been dropping support for outdated Android OS versions, Facebook-owned WhatsApp has revealed that it will continue to work on Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread OS until February 1, 2020.

The first version of Android Gingerbread was announced in 2010. And with WhatsApp continuing support until 2020, the messaging platform will be officially supporting the outdated iteration of Android for 10 years. But it is rather surprising considering the fact that Android Gingerbread only has 0.3 percent market share according to the latest Android OS distribution numbers.

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Meanwhile, WhatsApp has been improving its messaging platform by adding new features. The recent update now tell you if a message that you received is a forward. The update also allows you to hide media from phone gallery, which will no longer show photos and videos shared on the platform in your phone gallery.

WhatsApp is also testing group video calling feature that will allow you to have a video chat with up to four people simultaneously. Sticker support is also under testing in beta, and it will soon be rolled out to a wider audience.

  • Published Date: June 14, 2018 4:30 PM IST