If you have an old smartphone, you might want to consider replacing it, especially if you're an avid fan of WhatsApp. Apparently, the messaging service just announced that it will discontinue its service on some old phone models starting January 2017.
Since WhatsApp started in 2009, the app has become a hit with smartphone users. Having said that, the company noticed that some changes need to be made.
"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," according to a statement from WhatsApp's official blog.
"So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms. 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."
There's no need to panic though because WhatsApp won't proceed with the removal process in one huge blow. Besides, we bet they will roll out cooler updates in the coming year.
If you own one of the devices listed below, then it's high time for you to consider shopping for a new handset. Plus, it's a good excuse for you to reward yourself with a fancy gift this Christmas.
Starting January 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with the following:
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
- iPhone 3GS
Starting June 30, 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with the following:
- Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60