Is it time for a new smartphone?
The messaging giant, owned by Facebook, has said that its service will grind to a halt on some older smartphones by the end of 2016. This follows a warning earlier in the year that if those affected weren’t to upgrade before the deadline, they wouldn’t be able to continue using the service.
WhatsApp commented in a blog post: “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 per cent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.
"As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use."
So, who’s getting unplugged?
WhatsApp will no longer work on iPhone 3Gs by the end of this year. And the same goes for any Apple product running iOS 6. To avoid missing out, head to the App Store now to update your software (the latest is iOS 10) - and if you need a new iPhone, check out our website.
If you’re running Android 2.1 or 2.2 (Froyo), you’re out. This is generally aimed at phones that were bought between 2010-11, and have never been updated. Head to the Google Play Store on your device for an update, or if you think it’s time for a new handset, we’ve got a huge range of Android smartphones.
If you’re still running the operating system, Windows Phone 7, it’s time to update. Alternatively, check out all our Microsoft 10 smartphones.
BlackBerry and Nokia
If you’re a BlackBerry owner using the BlackBerry OS, you’re in hot water. But you’re safe until 30 June 2017. You should also start looking for a new handset if you’re on Nokia S40 or S60.
If you’re using an Android-powered BlackBerry, like PRIV, you’re safe.
Why is this happening?
WhatsApp claims that the older smartphones and operating systems will not be able to support some of the newer features the app has to offer, therefore holding back development.
The blog continues: “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.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
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