Last week WhatsApp celebrated turning seven years old, launched in 2009. Looking back to when it was launched, BlackBerry and Nokia were the smartphones to have, fast foward seven years later things have changed. Nokia has been sold to Microsoft and BlackBerry released their first Android device. So, WhatsApp has announced the following platforms that will lose support come the end of 2016.
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia Symbian S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
This is what WhatsApp reports as a reason to abandon the above platforms. “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.”
And that was followed by some advice for users who are affected “If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
Don’t worry, #PrinceOnTech will keep you updated as to which smartphones to upgrade to if you still want to use WhatsApp.