WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service will stop working on some devices from today. The messenger company has listed down names of those smartphones on its support page, whose users will not be able to use the services anymore. "The decision was taken because we will no longer be actively developing for these platforms and some features might stop functioning at any time. When we look ahead to our next seven years, we are looking to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms that a vast majority of people use. These platforms/phones don't offer the kind of capabilities WhatsApp needs to expand its features in the future,” the company said in a blog post. WhatsApp had earlier announced that it would end support for Nokia S40 in June this year, but changed its mind and extended the support till December 31.
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WhatsApp has also asked the users to upgrade their Android versions, in case they are using the old smartphones. The statement issued by WhatsApp on its support page reads, "We'll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, and some features might stop functioning at any time. If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version’’.
Earlier, operating systems including Windows Phone 8.0 and older, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, Nokia Symbian S60, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 and older version of Android than 2.3.3 stopped receiving WhatsApp updates.
WhatsApp will also stop supporting devices that run Android v2.3.7 and older and iOS 7 and an older version by February 2020, according to reports.
The phones which WhatsApp will no longer support from January 1, 2019, and run Nokia S40 OS include Nokia Asha 201, Asha 205, Nokia 206, Asha 210, Nokia 208, Asha 230, Nokia 206, Nokia 208, Nokia 301 and Nokia 515.
The list also includes Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 302, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 305, Nokia Asha 306, Nokia Asha 308, Nokia Asha 309, Nokia Asha 310, Nokia Asha 311, Nokia Asha 500, Nokia Asha 501, Nokia Asha 502, Nokia Asha 503, Nokia C3-00, Nokia C3-01, Nokia X2-00, Nokia X2-01, Nokia X3-02, and Nokia X3-02.5.
WhatsApp regularly ends support for defunct operating systems citing incapability which WhatsApp needs in order to expand its features in the future.