WhatsApp will stop working on these phones from Jan 1

28 December, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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The company also expressed its wish of focusing more on the mobile platforms used by most people.

Are you a Blackberry OS and Windows 8.0 Phone's WhatsApp user? Nokia's Series 40 devices, for example, will be supported till December 31, 2018 while Android 2.3.7 and older devices will be supported till February 1, 2020. While existing users will still be able to use the service, newcomers will be unable to create new accounts; nor will they be able to verify new accounts.

"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", WhatsApp said in its blogpost. However, WhatsApp warns that since it will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.

"By offering to use middle finger emoji in your app, you (WhatsApp) are directly abetting the use of offensive, lewd, obscene gesture", Singh stated in the legal notice to WhatsApp. At the time, WhatsApp had also revealed that the app will stop working for phones running Nokia S40 will be stopped from December 31, 2018.

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Superfans and holdouts using some older smartphone operating systems will have to bid adieu to WhatsApp messenger soon-or at least the most updated versions of the app.

One small issue with switching away from these abandoned apps is that WhatsApp doesn't offer any ability to transfer message history across platforms. However, it does provide the option to send a person's chat history attached to an email, and provided instruction links on its web page.

WhatsApp might not work on old Blackberry and Windows devices anymore but it is not the first time the company has pulled the plug on a ecosystem for the first time.

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