WhatsApp Ditches Raft of Legacy Phones

WhatsApp Ditches Raft of Legacy Phones
The Facebook-owned messaging service will not work on older phones next year.

(CCM) — WhatsApp is scrapping support for most phones that do not run recent versions of Apple's iOS or Google's Android mobile operating systems, the company has announced. This includes devices running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Nokia's Symbian S60, Android versions older than 2.3.3, and iPhones running iOS 6 as well as all iPhone 3GS handsets.

"These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future," WhatsApp explained. "If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp."

The company is also abandoning all phones running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 , and Window Phone 8.0 on December 31, 2017. Until then users will be able to continue to use existing accounts but they will not be able to create new ones or re-verify existing ones.

Users of Nokia's S40 mobile operating system can continue to use WhatsApp until the end of 2018, and users of older phones running Android 2.3.7 down to Android 2.3.3 until February 1, 2020. However these platforms will see no more active development, so some features may stop working at any time, the company warns.

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