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WhatsApp to withdraw support for older smartphones

WhatsApp to withdraw support for older smartphones

Meanwhile, Windows Phone users on 8.1 or above needn't worry about a thing (well, apart from Microsoft turning its back on the OS, along with Windows Mobile 10).

The most used messenger Whatsapp has declared that it will end support by 31 December 2017 for Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10 and Windows 8.0 version and older.

"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp", a blogpost on its website read. A while back the company also stopped supporting the Symbian operating system which was once the pride of Finnish phone maker Nokia.

Although these platforms are still supported, WhatsApp is no longer actively developing for them, which means some features could stop functioning at any moment. The fact that Blackberry supported it for as long as it did is in itself a big deal.

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Android versions 2.3.7 and older will be unable to use WhatsApp on February 1, 2020.

In the past few months alone, WhatsApp has unveiled some handy features (like quick delete for sent texts, real-time location sharing, and new universal emojis). If WhatsApp is your go to messaging app, you might want to consider a new device.

It also said there was now no option to transfer people's chat history between platforms. The blog post mentioned that during those times about seventy percent of the smartphones sold had Blackberry and Nokia provided operating systems. The decision to withdraw support for this platform might cause a stir owing to the number of users still using Windows Phone 8.0. These bunch of devices are already 3-4 years old now and apparently Blackberry has moved onto Android ecosystem leaving its proprietary Operating System behind. BlackBerry handsets ditched BlackBerry OS and 10 in 2015 in favour of Android.