The news that Whatsapp will stop working on numerous smartphones has spread panic among innumerable smartphone users across the globe. As per the report, the affected percentage of smartphones is mere one per cent while the messaging app – WhatsApp will function absolutely normal on rest of the 99 per cent phones across the globe.
If you have one of the above-mentioned phones, or in layman’s language if you possess a mobile phone that has any of the above-mentioned operating systems the best way to overcome this situation is to consider upgrading to a newer phone.
These next platforms will not let users create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts, but they can still use the app:
BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older – until December 31, 2017, Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018, Android versions 2.3.7 and older – until February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp notes that “these platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future”.
‘However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email’.
Furthermore, if you want to use WhatsApp from now on, here is the list of operating systems that are no longer supported. The company in an official blog post said, “It will end support for operating systems from BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows and Nokia”.
Owners of these devices will have to get new phones to enjoy the new updates and features of the chat app. And, at the end of 2017, BlackBerry and Windows Phones are at the door, on their way out.
Only devices which still operate Windows Phone 8.0 or earlier will be affected.
Statistics released last January by Google, which develops Android, indicated that less than 0.1% of all Android devices still ran Froyo.
WhatsApp said the decision to phase out some support was to reflect the changing landscape of the mobile industry.