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WhatsApp to stop working on these Samsung phones starting next week

Have you ever used a Samsung smartphone that is more than eight years old? Well, there might be very few people in the world who use such old devices. But for those who do, there’s some bad news for you if you are a WhatsApp user. WhatsApp will likely end support for a bunch of old Samsung phones.

The company might soon end support for Android smartphones that are not running at least Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Those devices include seven Samsung smartphones that were released in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The devices include the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3 Mini, Galaxy Core, and Galaxy Ace 2. You can find the complete list below.

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
  • Samsung Galaxy S2
  • Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend II
  • Samsung Galaxy Trend Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

All these devices were updated to Android 4.x, which was their last major Android OS update. So, WhatsApp will stop working on these phones after December 31, 2022. If you are using any of these devices, you need to get a newer phone that’s running at least Android 5.0, but for the long run, we advise you to buy a phone that is running Android 12 or Android 13 already.

The list of devices that will no longer support WhatsApp includes 42 other smartphones, including the ones from Apple, Archos, Grand, HTC, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Memoi, Sony, and Wiko.

Genshin Impact is an open-world action game that is widely popular. People love the game for its storyline, the excellent graphics, and the details you experience when playing it. It surely requires a high-end phone to get the best out of the game. The game demonstrated its popularity in South Korea, where the Genshin Impact-themed Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro sold out in a matter of minutes after they went on sale.

According to the Chinese gaming and animation company HoYoverse (via The Korea Herald), 100 units of the Genshin Impact-themed Galaxy Z Fold 4 and 200 units of the Genshin Impact-themed Galaxy Buds 2 Pro were sold within 14 minutes after they became available on Samsung’s Galaxy Store on December 21.

The Genshin Impact-themed Galaxy Z Fold 4 was priced at KRW 2,388,000 (around $1,880), while the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro was priced at KRW 329,000. The game-inspired versions of Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro were first unveiled at G-Star, South Korea’s biggest annual gaming convention, which was held in Busan last month. The HoYoverse booth garnered huge visitor attention as thousands lined up to get a glimpse of these Genshin Impact-themed Samsung gadgets.

Ever since its launch in 2020, Genshin Impact has been a favorite open-world game for millions across the globe. In fact, as per a market tracker, Sensor Tower, the game managed to log the third-highest revenue in Sensor Tower’s global mobile games rankings. Its revenue went past $1.5 billion from the beginning of this year to December 20, 2022. The same popularity was seen in South Korea, which is why Samsung tried to make the best out of the situation, and it paid off well. SAMMobile

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