According to info, the largest instant messaging app, WhatsApp will stop support for a number of platforms after the 31st of December, 2017. Part of the devices which the IM app will be stopping support for include the ‘BlackBerry OS’, ‘BlackBerry 10’ , ‘ Windows Phone 8.0 ’ and all older platforms. This would take proper effect from December 31, 2017.
According to a blog post, WhatsApp says that users on these platforms listed above will not be able to create new accounts. Asides that, they will not also be able to re-verify existing accounts once the company ends support.
Before now, the company had long made known that it will stop support for many of these older platforms. Just so we are clear, End of support does not mean a user will lose access to their WhatsApp account. According to WhatsApp, users would continue to have access using the app on their phone, but they would surely not reveive any future security updates or new features.
The Windows 8 platform will no more be supported at the very beginning of 2018; WhatsApp will continue support for devices running on Windows 8.1 version and above. This is as even Microsoft itself has announced the discontinuation of the Windows Mobile platform.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp had extended support for both the Blackberry and Windows platforms in June. As at the time, WhatsApp also made known that the app will stop working for phones running Nokia S40 which will be stopped from December 31, 2018.
According to them, the app will stop working on phones running Android 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread) will be stopped from February 1, 2020. The messaging app became unavailable on Nokia phones running Symbian S60, from June 30, 2017.
Well, as we go into another year, we hope to see an improved whatsapp version as well as more supported devices.