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I downloaded the apk from here with WhatsApp version 2.17.106 (size 34601974 bytes). There, it says: "Android OS 2.3.3 or above". I can extract the APK's contents without errors, so the file is not broken.

My old smartphone model is GT-S6102, a Samsung Galaxy Duos, running Android 2.3.6.

I have enabled "Install from unknown sources" and "USB debugging". I have let Lookout scan it before installing.

When trying to install that APK using the file manager, I get this message:

There is a problem parsing the package

I am also unable to install it from Google Play Store. From Google Play, it says "Package file is invalid".

Update: version 2.17.350 does not work again.

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File from https://www.whatsapp.com/android/ version 2.17.251 has minSdkVersion="15" which means that it supports android 4.0 and later. Declaration "Android OS 2.3.3 or above" is on the same place.

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  • I think this is an answer, if confusingly worded -- the salient point being that the text is wrong and the min SDK version indicates why there's a problem. – Matthew Read Jul 10 '17 at 22:55
  • I just re-downloaded it and cant find the sdk required version stored at what file? it opens with zip like app in ubuntu – Aquarius Power Jul 12 '17 at 18:16
  • I use github.com/google/android-classyshark/releases – Yul S Aug 11 '17 at 10:17

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