In the beginning of this year, WhatsApp had announced it will stop supporting older smartphones by end of 2016. Now as the end of the year approaches, WhatsApp’s support for some of the older devices will be coming to an end.
WhatsApp support will stop by the end of 2016 for those running on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, the iPhone 3GS and or any other iPhone still on iOS 6.
WhatsApp however announced last month that BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 devices will continue to get until June 2017.
For Windows 7 mobile owners, 2016 will definitely be the end of WhatsApp support. According to WhatsApp’s older blog, the reason for ending support was that these phones don’t “offer the kind of capabilities” they need to expand the app’s features.
According to Apple’s October 2016 data, there are around 8% devices still on earlier versions of iOS (which includes everything under iOS 9 and below). So if you’re still on iOS 6 for some reason, then you should know that WhatsApp support ends for you this year.
Facebook owned WhatsApp, which has over 1 billion monthly active users, has emerged as the world’s most popular instant messaging app. The app recently got the video calling feature on iOS, Android and Windows Mobile, and will now compete with other apps like Skype, FaceTime, Google Duo, which are centred around video calling.
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