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WhatsApp to stop working on selected smartphones in 2018

by DIPO OLADEHINDE

December 27, 2017 | 2:32 pm
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With four days to 2018, WhatsApp’s 2017 farewell note is not good news for some smartphone users as WhatsApp will stop working on devices running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older from December 31, 2017.

Although the end of support does not mean the Facebook-owned app will cease to function on these platforms immediately. However, the company warned that since it will no longer “actively develop for these platforms”, some features may stop functioning “at any time”. This implies that Users will no longer be able to create new accounts or re-verify existing accounts on these platforms either.

The WhatsApp blog post with end-of-life dates clearly mentions that users of BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older operating systems will not be able to use the app after December 31, 2017 – less than a week from now. The company made the announcement in an update to a blog post that was originally published in February 2016.

It is also planning to cut support for Nokia S40 devices on 31 December 2018 and phones running Android versions 2.3.7 and older on 1 February 2020.Although these platforms are still supported, WhatsApp is no longer keenly developing for them, which means some features could stop functioning at any moment. The platforms that are being cut are unpopular, and have been for some time.

Since 2009, WhatsApp has continued to roll out new and improved features from end-to-end encryption, video calling and verified accounts to the ability to delete messages and share your location in real-time. In September, the company reported that one billion people across the globe use its platform daily. However, it has continued to drop support for older devices as well. By the end of 2016, it ceased support for Android versions 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.

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by DIPO OLADEHINDE

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