WhatsApp announced that it is pulling support for the app on older Smartphone models come January 1st, 2018. In the report, the Facebook-owned company gave a list of the operating systems, including those that are offered by Blackberry and windows.
The eight-year-old most popular chatting app says it will stop offering technology upgrades to specific platforms. Reason being, the platforms don’t provide the capabilities the company needs for future expansion.
List Given by WhatsApp For The Unsupported Operating System Versions and the Dates of Pulling Off
- Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 – after December 31st, 2017
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older versions – after December 31st, 2017
- Nokia S40 – after December 31st, 2018
- Android version 2.3.7, 2.2 and 2.1 – after February 2020
Also, iPhone 3GS and iOS6 will not be able to use WhatsApp. New Blackberry mobile phones which run on an Android Operating System will still get the App’s support.
About a year ago, WhatsApp messenger support ended on several mobile handsets. This is because the handsets could not keep up with the development due to changing technology.
The company gave a report back in February 2016 saying, there had been a massive transformation in the use of mobile phone devices in the seven years of its existence. During that time, about 70 percent of mobile phones sold operated on Nokia and Blackberry Operating Systems. But in 2016 and now, an analysis shows that mobile phones operating on Google, Apple and Microsoft’s Operating Systems hit 99.5 percent.
According to the data released from Apteligent Research, only 0.4 percent of iOS owners use WhatsApp on their devices. Therefore, ending the App on these platforms should not affect the users especially those who are on the iOS6.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp publicized that in one month, more than a billion people use the service and one billion daily active users. Hence, it recommends users to upgrade to newer Operating Systems to continue enjoying the services.