Xiaomi Acknowledges WhatsApp Version 'Obsolete' Error, Asks Users to Update App

Gwen Vasquez
January 19, 2018

The error prompted select users to update to the latest version of WhatsApp in order to continue using the service but there was no update available on the link that redirected users to the Google Play Store.

Xiaomi apologized for the inconvenience and updated the App store listing with a newer version, approved by WhatsApp.

Google has always advised its users to download apps only from Google's Play Store and not to download applications from any third-party app stores.

So for those who are unaware, on January 13 users had complained that they were unable to use WhatsApp in India. Now, Xiaomi has come forward and addressed the issue.

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Last week, Xiaomi users encountered a bug which rendered WhatsApp obsolete on their phones.

But given the popularity of Google-owned video sharing platform and many users sharing their videos over WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messenger must have made a decision to do something about it in order to make users stick to their platform.

Earlier, when users clicked on the link, the YouTube video would open in YouTube app installed on the smartphones.

Xiaomi spokesperson told Techook: "A few Xiaomi users reported an issue with WhatsApp on their smartphones". Also, the beta versions of various apps are prone to bugs and issue despite getting the latest features beforehand. At the time, WhatsApp had said the issue was with how the app was distributed, and that while the issue was not under its control, it was being fixed. The issue was raised by many Xiaomi smartphone users on Mi forums. For now, the feature is only available for iOS devices, but it is expected to soon roll out for Android as well.

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