Monday, December 30, 2019

WhatsApp will stop working on these phones soon: Check if yours is in the list

Facebook-owned WhatsApp instant messaging service will stop working on ‘millions’ of phones around the world in the next couple of months. This means, in case your smartphone fails to make the minimum cut for support, you’ll no longer be able to send and/or receive messages through WhatsApp. Support starts ending for many phones as soon as December 31, 2019.
App incompatibility isn’t new or surprising. Developers need to change with the times, updating their apps with new and more relevant features plus making theses apps more secure and private. A lot many of these new features and updates may not work on older software, which is why there are incompatibility issues. Users may prolong the inevitable by not updating their apps to the newer versions, but that’s just a workaround and never advisable on the part of the developers.  
Devices losing support for WhatsApp is a big deal though simply because way too many people are dependent on it for their instant messaging needs – especially in India, which is WhatsApp’s biggest market. Therefore, it’s imperative to be aware if your device will support WhatsApp (or not) in the days to come. In case it is not, you’ll have to probably buy a new device with software that would be compatible with the service.     

Here is the list of all the operating systems that will not support WhatsApp from next year:

The operating systems that have already stopped supporting WhatsApp are: 

◆ Android versions older than 2.3.3
◆ Windows Phone 8.0 and older
◆ iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
◆ Nokia Symbian S60
◆ BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10

The operating systems that are set to lose the support by this year are:

◆ Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
◆ Android versions 2.3.7 and older until      February 1, 2020
◆ iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020

WhatsApp suggests you to upgrade to a newer version or to one of these:

◆ Android running OS 4.0 and above
◆ iPhone running iOS 8 and above
◆ Windows Phone 8.1 and above
“Users of these operating systems are already unable to create new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify existing accounts. Furthermore, WhatsApp is withdrawing support for all Windows phones from December 31, 2019 -- the same month that Microsoft ends support of its Windows 10 Mobile OS." 

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