WhatsApp announced that some operating systems will not be supported as of December 31, 2017, meaning that the Messenger will stop supporting these iPhone and Android devices on January 1st, 2018.
The popular instant messaging app, WhatsApp is available for both iOS and Android, has announced that it will be terminating support for older smartphones as of January 1st, 2018. So you must have an updated version of Android and iOS devices hands-on.
Originally, the WhatsApp Messenger app already made the announcement earlier in the year and explained that it is looking ahead to the iOS and Android platforms. And said literally that any BlackBerry device running BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10 will no longer be able to use the messaging app in 2018.
Additionally, any phone using Microsoft’s Windows 8.0 or older OS will also not be supported. Microsoft admitted defeat when it comes to its mobile OS, so the lack of WhatsApp support shouldn’t come as a surprise.
This move will allow the company to develop new features for the platform without having to worry about support devices that are too old. Also, this means that as of just a few days’ time the iPhone 3GS and older models will no longer be supported by WhatsApp.
Neither will any device still running iOS 6 or earlier will be supported. On Android, anything running Android 2.1 will also lose WhatsApp compatibility, as will BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 7.
According to WhatsApp, it has been around since 2009 and has slowly added more and more features, such as end-to-end encryption and video calling. Because of its cross-platform support it has become the most popular messaging platform in the world. So the service needs to be changed too.
“About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia,” the company explained.
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5% of sales today – were on less than 25% of mobile devices sold at the time.”
With the loss of WhatsApp support for the iPhone 3GS, devices with iOS 6 and Android 2.2 or newer devices will likely impact very few people.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps around, alongside Facebook Messenger and competing services. It has over a billion users, many of whom have older phones, changes in technology mean it has to phase out compatibility to keep security up to date.
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