New Year's eve will bring some bad news for WhatsApp users on two major mobile platforms. However, the change is applicable only if you work with devices running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 operating platforms.
To recall, WhatsApp had extended support for both platforms in June this year. "If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp", WhatsApp states on its blog.
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Emphasizing the deadline, We're not thinking WhatsApp will extend it any further this time around. Nokia Symbian S60-running phones have already gotten pushed out, but the Nokia S40 is set to be supported till 31 December 2018.
To be specific, After December 31, 2017, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older will not have WhatsApp on it anymore. It said that it will end support for these mobile platforms. The primary reason provided for stopping support for the older operating systems is that they simply do not offer the capability to support future development around WhatsApp. This gives businesses a formal route to conduct business on the messaging app. But for some users, it might not be good news. After selecting the icon, a picture in picture mode will start in a new window. Now, a person in a group will get an option to message a particular member which other members can't see. So, if anyone using these versions relies heavily on WhatsApp might have to switch to another phone.
With the announcement, there will be an inconvenience to some, who are hanging on to legacy devices; But, it will have no major impact on the overall WhatsApp consumer base, as a lot of them have upgraded to newer devices.