WhatsApp which is currently owned by facebook is due to stop getting support for older smartphones soon meaning it’ll stop working on those devices. They have announced it’s stopping support for some smartphones with users warned they’ll no longer be able to message in the future.
WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion monthly active users but it will be abandoning those who can’t afford to upgrade their smartphone. The company quietly announced the move on a blog post saying: “If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version.”
From December this year, the Nokia S40 will no longer receive WhatsApp support. In Nigeria, the new updates will affect users with old smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Mini Plus, Huawei Mercury M886, Sony Ericsson Xperia Active ST17a, HTC EVO 4G+ and others running on Android 2.3 or lesser.
The operating system no longer supported includes:
Android versions older than 2.3.3
Windows Phone 8.0 and older
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
Nokia Symbian S60
BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
The statement further stated that user can no longer create new accounts on the under listed OS and some features might stop functioning at any time.
Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020
Whatsapp recommended upgrading to a newer version of Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 8+ and Windows Phone 8.1+.
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