Whatsapp made an announcement in February last year and people may have forgotten this announcement. The company made it clear that the older versions of Blackberry, iOS, Android and Nokia devices would not be supported by the chat application of WhatsApp.
The company has made announcement that the old mobile phones do not offer the types of the capabilities they need to provide to the features of the applications and it is the main reason for the decision. The company also stated and by the end of 2016, the company ended the support for WhatsApp Messenger on various mobile phone platforms and it was the tough decision for the company to make and it was the right one to give people the better ways to keep in touch with the family, friends and loved one, who used WhatsApp.
After that the initial blog posts were updated to confirm that BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS, Nokia S40 will get extended their support till 30 June 2017.
What Devices Won’t Run WhatsApp Any Longer?
This is the list of the devices, which will not get the support of WhatsApp in 2017:
- Devices running Android v2.1
- Devices running Android v2.2
- Devices running iOS v6.
- Windows 7 Phone
- iPhone 3GS
It seemed unfair for some people but the company has made this announcement and the company will allow focusing on various other features, which are becoming functional on newer handsets and the devising methods, will not be used to maintain the backward compatibility.
The main reason for the deeper integration is to do end-to-end encryption and various other privacy services and the application will be safe from outside threats. It is also told by the close source of the company that company is going to ensure the peer-to-peer communication as encrypted at the device level. The message to old device users is clear and loud and the dispose of the equipments to move to the new smart phones. The company did not give any deadline and it is expected that WhatsApp will stop working on older version, which are included in the list by the end of this month, January 2017.