World’s most popular phone messenger that has been facing criticism on safety issues found a new way to boost online security. On 31st December 2016, WhatsApp messenger stopped working on old Windows 7, Android and iPhone handsets. In other words, the app no longer runs on Android 2.1, 2.2, iOS and iPhone 3GS platforms.
The company owners have taken this measure to introduce new safety features in the updated versions. These features work only on newer operating systems. This step was taken to prevent others from reading private conversations. It’ll come in handy for established business and government purposes.
The company initially claimed that the owners of a few old Nokia handsets and BlackBerry models will experience troubles with the brand new version. Nevertheless, the messenger went back late the last year due to consumer complaints.
The newer updates are scheduled in 2017. They’ll allow Whatsapp messenger users to edit or delete old messages even after they’ve been delivered. These changes will allow the app to integrate privacy services and encryption.
The Whatsapp support team has advised old handset owners to buy a new phone if they want to continue using this app. A company representative recently updated on their blog that the company will extend support for Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 until June 30th 2017 only.
As per the company officials, when WhatsApp messenger was launched in 2009, majority of people used basic Android versions. Some of them worked on Java based platforms offered by Nokia and BlackBerry handsets. Besides their phone requirements were very different from today. In last 7 years, the tech-world has witnessed significant changes in technologies. Consequently, the company needs to frame new policies, keeping in mind the present requirements.
This wasn’t very surprising. The announcement came after a warning issued by Team WhatsApp earlier. The company had already set the deadline on pulling support for older handsets. Hopefully, this will make the WhatsApp Messenger less vulnerable to hacking and virus attacks.