When we look at the applications that have changed the world, WhatsApp has truly been one of those apps. The company has managed to change the way people communicate, and has brought out a large scale application. With over a billion users actively using it every month, the company has managed to bring out a major change in the markets and has become a leading force in the world of technology. The company has now made new announcements, indicating that they will no longer be supporting some older operating systems including the Android 2.x devices, the Blackberry OS and the Symbian Operating System, as well as the Windows Phone 7.1
These changes will be coming out starting the end of 2016 and are expected to have an impact on a very few people who are still using older devices.
With the arrival of latest features such as video calling, which is expected to roll out towards the end of the year, these older devices will no longer be able to support the new features. The older devices are also at a bigger risk of being compromised under security threats. WhatsApp has urged the people to either upgrade to newer versions of their OS or to get a new phone which supports the OS WhatsApp can run on.
The company has announced the following on their blog post:
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, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
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.