The most popular messaging app in the world, WhatsApp facilitates easy and global communication between individuals and businesses worldwide.
Due to its global reach, the app must be accessible to as many users as possible on a variety of OS versions and operating systems.
With the resources at their disposal, not every locality can utilize Android 14, therefore some have resorted to using Android versions as old as Android 4.4, popularly known as KitKat.
WhatsApp's most recent Android app version no longer supports KitKat.
WhatsApp drops support for Android KitKat
Just 0.5% of people on the world still utilized a KitKat-powered smartphone with access to the Google Play Store as of May 2023.
The number has been declining for years, and with the release of Google Play Services version 23.90.99 for Android 4.4, it was now time for the operating system to follow the trend, after Jelly Bean (Android 4.1–4.3) which completely lost Google support in 2021.
It is not the first app to stop supporting KitKat, and it most surely won't be the last.
More than three years have passed since Dropbox stopped supporting the OS, and Android Messages (now known as Messages by Google) dropped the previous version of the operating system in 2018.
Despite all of the wonderful memories of Android 4.4, things change rapidly in the tech industry, so sometimes it's best to move on.