Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp ceases support for older smartphones. From now on, people will not be able to use WhatsApp on old phones running Android 2.2 or older versions, or iOS 6 or older versions. Windows Phone 7 users will also find that WhatsApp has stopped working on their smartphones. Not many users will be affected by this decision as the market share of these devices is quite low.
The Facebook-owned messaging giant has advised that anyone with the aforementioned devices who want to continue using WhatsApp will need to buy a newer phone or update the software. Many new features will be added to the app in future, which will render WhatsApp locked for older phones that are not compatible with the app.
Earlier in 2016, WhatsApp said that all BlackBerry models not running Android and some Nokia phones will also find themselves cut off from the messaging app. But later on, in November, WhatsApp extended support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 phones till June 30, 2017.
WhatsApp ends support for older phones, as well as first, second, third, and fourth generation iPads that have not been updated. Users need to update to iOS 9.3 in order to continue using the chat app.
The decision will allow WhatsApp to more deeply integrate encryption and other privacy features in its app. This prevents messages from being read, and has led to criticism from the government who thinks that WhatsApp chats should be monitored.
With the WhatsApp latest update, many new features can be more rapidly introduced to the app. Some of the new features that are rumored to be launched in 2017 include a feature that will enable users to edit or delete messages even after they have been sent.
The company said that stopping support for WhatsApp on old phones was a tough decision, but it was also the right one in order to give its users a better way to interact with friends, family, and loved ones over WhatsApp.
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