Popular chatting application WhatsApp is reportedly stopped going to working on a wide range of smartphones, which have aged quite a bit. In other words, the owners of these smartphones will probably have to purchase newer gadgets if they want to stay updated with what the Facebook-owned platform has to offer. According to a report published by Metro, on New Year’s day, WhatsApp will “remove support” for a number of devices. This includes all those smartphones which are running on older operating systems.
Many smartphone users will no longer be able to avail the different features, services, plugs and security facilities that are regularly introduced by WhatsApp. Their smartphones will remain vulnerable to any type of attack or hack and even feature backward technology perks.
Anyone who is still using older smartphones that run on either BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 10 or Windows Phone 8.0 will no longer receive updates from January 1, 2018, onward. WhatsApp in an official blog post made a statement, “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
The company claims that it was a “tough decision” for them to make. However, the company feels that it is the right decision to make. Their objective is to provide its users and fans with the best possible service.
In a similar effort, they are constantly looking for better ways to keep in touch with their loved ones – families, and friends through the use of WhatsApp. However, the technology that these operating systems represent is old and outdated. Thus, they are unable to support many of the features that WhatsApp is thinking of creating in the future. “If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone,” WhatsApp concluded.