Whatsapp in a shocking revelation earlier this year, confirmed that it will be stopping it’s support services completely for a few Symbian, BBOS, Windows, Android and iOS operating system versions after 31st December.
The reason whatsapp has stated for this surprise move is that these particular versions of operating systems don’t offer the kind of capabilities that are a mandatory requirement to expand their app’s features in the future.
So, this means that December 31, 2016 will be the last day for support for some older smartphones that are still in use. The people who are still using the older Android, iOS and Windows phones and Nokia nad Blackberry phones with Symbian and BBOS respectively will be affected.
Whatsapp had stated in their blog clearly abot the same as follows :
“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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
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.
This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. 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.”