WhatsApp has confirmed it will continue to support older versions of Google’s Android operating system until early 2020.
In an official blog post, the Facebook–owned messaging service said the messaging service will work with phones running the ageing Android 2.3 Gingerbread software until 1st February 2020.
Gingerbread was first released in 2010, just a year after WhatsApp itself first launched, meaning devices up to a decade old could still be compatible.
However, more recent software such as Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 will no longer receive support from the end of 2017.
WhatsApp’s decision is likely based on a boom in use in the developing world, where older phones remain popular.
The move is also likely to be welcomed by users in the UK who do not want to update older handsets and prefer to stick with their tried and trusted smartphones.
However, WhatsApp has warned users that support may not always be available.
“Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," the blog post states.
Perhaps getting a new phone isn’t such a bad idea after all.