WhatsApp is an instant messaging app that makes communication easier between smartphone users. It offers a lot of additional features such as video call, voice call and more.
Sadly, on January 1, 2018, as we celebrate New Year some people will be shut out of WhatsApp because the company has announced that it will no longer support some devices, a recent report says.
Smartphones that run Blackberry OS and Blackberry OS 10, and those powered by Windows Phone 8.0.
WhatsApp announced sometimes in 2016 that some of these devices were limiting the way they want the WhatsApp app to look like. And as a matter of fact, these devices do not support most of the recent updates that the company has rolled out in 2017 such as video calls.
But if WhatsApp would announce that it will be dropping support for some devices, it should not be on the first day of the year.
Many people will be willing to reach out to their loved ones via WhatsApp on New Year Day but they will be unable to do so.
However, it will not cost WhatsApp much to support these devices till around February, 2018.
In a blog post, WhatsApp wrote:
‘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.
This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone.’
Just last year, WhatsApp dropped its support for Nokia Symbian S60 phones. It will do the same for Nokia S40 handsets on December 31 2018 and then devices running Android 2.3.7 and older after 1 February, 20.
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