In a recent press release, WhatsApp has announced that the service will cease to work on older operating systems and smartphones. This service may end as early as the end of 2016. Some smartphones might be supported until June 30th, 2017.
Following is what the WhatsApp blog has to say: “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 per cent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. “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.”
The users using the older smartphones will need to buy newer smartphone to use the WhatsApp service. The company is currently owned by Facebook and has almost a billion active users around the world. WhatsApp currently is the most widely used instant messaging app.
As per a spokesperson of WhatsApp: “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,”.
Following is the list of phones that will be affected:
1) iPhone Users: WhatsApp will cease to work on iPhone 3GS by the end of this year. Any iPhone running iOS6 will also lose WhatsApp. The iPads of the first, second, third and fourth generation that haven’t been updated will also be affected.
2) Android Users: Any Android phone released between 2010 and 2011 and not updated will be affected. WhatsApp will stop working on any Android smartphone or tablet that is running Android 2.1 or 2.2.
3) Window Phone Users: WhatsApp will stop working on any device using the Window Phone 7.
4) Nokia and Blackberry Users: People who have the following phones can use the WhatsApp service till June 2017. Blackberry 10, BlackBerry OS, Nokia Symbian S60 and Nokia S40. The service will stop afterwards.