AS THE clock strikes midnight on December 31, millions of us will reach for our phones to send a message to our family and friends.
However, owners of certain phones will find that WhatsApp isn’t working for them – with the messaging app withdrawing support for certain handsets. Here’s what’s going on…
Will WhatsApp stop working on my phone on New Year’s Eve?
Will over a billion users worldwide, WhatsApp is the go-to messaging service for huge numbers of people.
However, as of January 1, you will not be able to use the app if you’re using the Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 operating systems, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
Support for the Nokia S40 will also stop after December 31 next year, while Android versions 2.3.7 and older will cease to function from February 1, 2020.
Last year, the company axed support for a host of other mobile systems, such as Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
The company said: “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.”
Why will WhatsApp no longer be supported?
In a blog post announcing the initial raft of changes in 2016, WhatsApp revealed that they had made the decision based on consumers’ changing habits and technological advances.
They said: “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.
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.
“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.”
Source : Online