WhatsApp Shuts Door on Old Android, iOS and BlackBerry Devices Today But…

Its that time of the year when some low income Zimbabweans have to pay last respects to their phones for they will no longer be holding to the most popular instant messaging application WhatsApp.

WhatsApp in the next hours will pull the plug on all phones running on the older versions of Android that is  Android 2.2 Froyo, and iOS 6. 

By Kudakwashe Pembere
Assistant Editor

Fortunately, on the flip side WhatsApp reconsidered its position to eject other devices as last month, it gave users of BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 devices a reprieve. The company said it will continue to support these platforms until June 2017.

Back in February, WhatsApp announced promising it would end support for older smartphone operating systems including the Symbian devices in order to ensure all platforms had feature parity.

WhatsApp in a blog post had said older operating systems did not “offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”

“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, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:

  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

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. 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,” said WhatsApp on its website.

Symbian Devices given 6 month reprieve

So unless you have an Android smartphone that was launched over 5 years ago, you should be safe. As for iPhone users, the only iPhone not to receive iOS 7 is the iPhone 3GS, which was released back in 2009.

 In February, Facebook-owned WhatsApp had said it was a difficult decision for it to take, however, felt that it was the “right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”

It alongside had advised WhatsApp users to switch to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone smartphone if they intend to continue using the instant messaging service in 2017.

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