Yes, Because WhatsApp Just Updated Its New Support For Mobile Devices
WhatsApp messenger is known to be one of the world’s leading messenger apps. It came to live in about eight years ago (2009). Which mobile device are you currently using to run your WhatsApp account? Do you intend changing your device to another one? Is whatApp going to be available on all mobile devices? Why these questions, you may wonder?
Well, during the early month (February) of 2016, an update on the official WhatsApp blog suggested some devices will no longer run the WhatsApp messenger app because their support system will no longer be compatible.
What are those devices, namely? Well before I list them, let me quickly take you through some reasons why such devices, to be named here, as published by WhatsApp Inc. will no longer be supported.
The announcement included:
“…When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.
As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use…”
Also, they added, it was the right decision they made since they want to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
In view of the above reason, WhatsApp Inc. made a tough decision to end the support for the following devices, meaning; beginning in early January, 2017 * the listed devices below will no longer be able to run updated versions of the WhatsApp app for their various Operating Systems (OS).
BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
Nokia S40 & Symbian S60
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7.1
However, upon much thoughtful consideration, some of the devices above had their support extended. Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, of 2017. Others such as Nokia S40, BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10), Windows 8.0 and older versions had their support extended to December 31, 2017. However with Android 2.3.7 and older versions, their support extend to February 1, 2020.
By this update, WhatsApp emphatically stated that after December 31, 2017 (beginning January 1, 2018), the Windows 8.0 and BlackBerry 10 will be ruled out completely from the list of WhatsApp supported devices.
WhatsApp added that “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms [named above], some features may stop functioning at any time.”
What is the way forward if you are affected? Well, the publishers added:
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future… If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016  to continue using WhatsApp.”
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