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WhatsApp might STOP working for you TODAY – Talk app pulling down support for THESE phones
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WhatsApp will end support for a number of ageing phone operating systems in 2017
Unluckily, two thousand seventeen might not be off to the best of starts for some WhatsApp users.
The world’s most popular talk app, which presently boasts more than one billion active users, has confirmed that it will end support for a number of ageing smartphone operating systems – leaving millions incapable to send or receive messages, create GIFs, make VOIP phone calls or movie talks within the Facebook-owned talk app.
Earlier this year, the messenger announced that older versions of Android and iOS, as well as BlackBerry and Nokia devices would no longer be supported by the talk app.
The company has advised anyone running any of the named devices to buy a newer phone model before the end of 2016.
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WhatsApp confirmed that as two thousand sixteen came to close, WhatsApp would no longer work on the iPhone 3GS, Windows Phone seven devices, and phones running Android Two.1 or Android Two.Two.
WhatsApp very first announced the switch back in February when the talk app celebrated its seventh bday.
The Facebook company – which was recently subject to a severe security warning – says technology has switched dramatically since its birth, something which led to its decision to drop support for ageing mobile platforms. In an official statement on the company blog, WhatsApp writes: "As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to concentrate 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 some mobile platforms.
"While these mobile devices have been an significant part of our story, they don’t suggest the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
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"This was a harsh 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 two thousand sixteen to proceed using WhatsApp."
Albeit no official date has been set for switch-off it emerges that, come January 1st, there could be a lot of WhatsApp fans in desperate need of smartphone upgrade.
WhatsApp updated its initial blog post to confirm that it will extend support BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry Ten, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.
Here is a list of devices that will no longer support WhatsApp by two thousand seventeen –
- Any device running Android Two.1
- Any device running Android Two.Two
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS
- Any device running iOS 6
Fortunately, WhatsApp is adding a slew of fresh features to those apps still supported by the company.
The feature, which permits callers to see one another via the front-facing camera when they talk over a home wifi or mobile data connection.
In a statement, WhatsApp said: "We’re introducing this feature because we know that sometimes voice and text just aren’t enough."