Telegram has followed in the footsteps of WhatsApp by ending support for older versions of Android phones. Phones with older versions of the Android operating systems such as Android 2.2, Android 2.3 and Android 3.0. Thought, the company is yet to make this public [as in make an official announcement to that effect], you can check this info out when you visit the app’s recently updated FAQ.
This piece was spotted by Softpedia, and would now mean that you won’t be able to use the popular app if your phone runs on the older versions of Android. Any version older than Android 3.0 will no longer be compatible with Android.
According to Telegram’s new FAQ, “you can use Telegram on smartphones, tablets, and even computers. We have apps for iOS (6 and above), Android (4.0 and up) and Windows Phone. You can also use Telegram’s web version or install one of our desktop apps for Windows, OSX, and Linux.”
WhatsApp and Telegram are two of the most popular chat apps out there, and since they have opted to outdate some older versions of Android phones, it will be a daunting challenge to find an alternative. As a matter of fact, most features being rolled out to chat apps may no longer be compatible with some of these older phones; so I won’t be surprised if more apps are added to that number.
One way out of this problem is to start using the web version of both apps, which of course, will not be affected by the change. Though, not as convenient as the mobile version, this should help you keep in touch with your friends until you get a phone with a newer version.
Interestingly too, Telegram has not removed iOS 6 from the list of supported platforms; perhaps, a further clarification on that will be made available soon.
Telegram has more than 100 million monthly active users on its service, and this latest change is unlikely to affect its market share.
Message Retract now a reality on Telegram:
For those who have updated their version of Telegram to v.3.16, a new update that will enable them retract messages within 48 hours has just been launched. There were other updates too, including:
- Messages from one sender are now neatly grouped together, and scrolling up shows the date right away, making the chats easier to navigate.
- The app now restores your previous scroll position when you switch back to a chat. Very useful when somebody sends you a saga in 1,000 messages, and you want to patiently read them in the right order.
- Telegram now support GBoard, the Google keyboard that can apparently send cat GIFs.
- And for those 2 users that already have Android 7.1 installed, Telegram has announced the addition of a fast action menu with frequent chats to the home screen.
If you haven’t updated to v.3.16 of the app, you might not be able to start using some of these new updates. So, you might want to start by updating your Android version of Telegram to v.3.16 for a start.