As earlier announced, the popular chat messenger WhatsApp has lifted its support from some of the smartphones which have become outdated. The company said that they feel sad to stop its services as a part of its user-base uses which rely on an outdated handset will not be able to use the chat service. But in order to add new features to the service it had become mandatory to the company to halt the support.
WhatsApp phased out compatibility with the older phones in a technology update. A company’s spokesperson said that the older smartphones are an important part of their story, but WhatsApp has to withdraw support from such devices as they don’t offer compatibility to app’s features that are about to introduce in future.
“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,” he further added.
There are several smartphone users around us and most of them use WhatsApp, while, some of them use smartphone primarily for WhatsApp. Now, if these users are having an old-generation smartphone then they might have to rush to the market and purchase a new phone for the same purpose. This might offer some benefits to the smartphone manufacturers in boosting their sales.
Whether your smartphone will support WhatsApp? What is the criteria of the company to quit the services to old devices?
As WhatsApp has withheld support from the older phones from 2017. The app is now not compatible with iPhone 3GS handset and iOS 6 running devices, from the next upgrade. The services also stopped working on first, second, third or fourth generation iPad that has not been updated. Users need to update to iOS 9.3 to use the service.
While Android phones or tablets running on version 2.1 or 2.2 are not supported along with the Windows 7 running devices. While, WhatsApp had initially claimed that the support would be stopped for all BlackBerry models those aren’t capable of running the Android apps, and some Nokia handsets. However, in November last year, it gave these users a reprieve until June 30, 2017.
“We are extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017,” the company wrote in an update to its blog.
Why the changes made?
As earlier discussed, WhatsApp is required to add new features and for the same, it has to revoke the support from the older devices. Arguably it is stated by some sources that the company has made the changes to allow more deep integration of chat encryption and privacy services.