The Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp will stop working on certain smartphones after Dec 31.
This means that many of the smartphone users will not be able to run WhatsApp on their phones.
WhatsApp is dynamic with its updates and frequently adds new features to the platform. These features require newer versions of OS to run.
WhatsApp says that some of the phones won’t be able to support the new features that it plans to bring in future which is why it is ending the support on them.
” We’ll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time. If you currently use an older operating system, we recommend upgrading to a newer version…,” says the chat company on its support page.
It suggests the users to upgrade to a newer Android version in case they are using an old one.
The chat company has shared a list of devices that will see the end of the support. Many of the devices in the list have already stopped supporting the app while some are going to lose the support after December 31.
Last year, it snapped the support for Windows Phone 8.0, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 while this year Nokia S40 series phones will stop running WhatsApp after December 31.
The company has also confirmed its plans to end drop support for Android Gingerbread and iPhones running iOS 7 or older in 2020.
Meanwhile, here is the list of all OS that have been or will be affected by the WhatsApp’s move. To start with, here are all the operating systems that have already stopped supporting WhatsApp:
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 will lose the support after December 31, 2018 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
To avail effective WhatsApp usage one has 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