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WhatsApp To No Longer Support Blackberry, Android 2.x, Windows Phone 7.1 devices


Facebook owned WhatsApp has been one of the biggest names in the world of communication technology, and it has helped bring out many changes to the way the markets work.

Ever since Facebook took over WhatsApp, there have been many visible changes in the markets, and the application has been introducing new and updated features for the users – all the major changes took place after Facebook took over, and the company, in the last two years, has managed to change many things, including the arrival of two major features – Voice Calling and Web Version of the messenger.

The company is also working on a third major feature – video calling, which is expected to release later this year.

However, with more such changes coming out its way, WhatsApp is not so sure about the hardware capacities of the devices running it.

WhatsApp has now officially announced that the company is going to end its support for some of the outdated devices in the days to follow, and starting the end of December, a significant number of users will no longer be able to make use of  WhatsApp’s services.

The company announced this in a blog post where they said that they are now seven years old, and while the devices such as those of Blackberry and Nokia were hot favorites back when they first began, the market scenario has completely changed over the years.

Back then, while most of the smart phones that they had were those of BlackBerry and Nokia, but the latest phones which dominate the markets are of Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

The company has announced that since some older phones will no longer be able to run the latest features, they have to unwillingly end support for these devices. These devices have been listed down as follows:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

The company has also requested the users to now update their operating systems, or get newer phones in order to continue using the services of WhatsApp. The company concluded by saying –

“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.”