WhatsApp to pull support on older smartphones

Allan Goodman
January 1, 2018

For most WhatsApp users, pulling support for older operating system (OS) versions will not really be noticeable.

WhatsApp stated that it made a decision to give up supporting older platforms because there will be some new features added to the latest versions of the app.

WhatsApp, one of the world's most popular mobile messaging apps, will soon stop working on certain smart-phones when the clock strikes midnight on December 31.

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On New Year's Day, WhatsApp will "remove support" for a number of devices - which updated versions of the software can no longer be installed on them.

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About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia, the company explained.

"When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today", WhatsApp said in the post originally written in 2016.

The company stated that older platforms lack the kind of features that the app requires in order to be able to expand its functionalities in the future. Apart from this, this app will also stop working on February 1, 2020, for smartphones with Android 2.3.7 or older.

The platform recommends users who will see changes to upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using the app. WhatsApp announced earlier this year it had one billion people worldwide using the service every month and one billion daily active users.

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