With more than 1 billion monthly active users WhatsApp is clearly the king of the instant messaging apps. WhatsApp which is now owned by Facebook was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, when the smartphone market and application craze was just beginning and since the day of its launch WhatsApp is providing constant support for all of its multi-platform devices. WhatsApp conversations are now end-to-end encrypted and recently the company added the video calling functionality to the app. In coming future, WhatsApp is planning to add more security features and more functionalities to protect its users and to improve the usability. Better software features require better hardware and that’s why WhatsApp has decided to end its support for some older devices.
WhatsApp announced the news on their official blog. The company said, 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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
So if you are still using one of the above-listed devices as your daily go-to device then it is time to kiss them goodbye and upgrade for something better. WhatsApp later posted that they will be extending their support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.
Stay tuned for the updates.
Source: WhatsApp Blog
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