Monday 24 October 2016

WhatsApp could be about to stop working on your phone

Daniel Anderson

Published 29/02/2016 | 10:39


WhatApp has decided to cull millions of users who are still accessing their messaging app on older hardware - are you at risk?

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WhatsApp is the go to messaging service for hundreds of millions of users around the world, but it's soon going to abandon some of them.

The company has just revealed that it will be discontinuing its support of older mobile operating systems, including earlier versions of Android and Nokia phones. It's also set to entirely cut itself off from Blackberry users, with no further support for the latest version of their Blackberry 10 OS. Here's the list of systems they mention in a blog post:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

It's a pretty major move and one that is likely to effect up to five million users around the world. Some of these systems are admittedly quite outdated, Nokia's S60 has been around since the early 2000s and Android 2.2 shipped in 2010 but the Blackberry 10 software is still very much in use with their latest handsets.

It is expected that WhatsApp will stop functioning on these platforms by the end of 2016, so if you're a fan of the software it might be time to upgrade.

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