Whatsapp To Stop Operating On Some Smartphones From January 1st

The messaging app will end support for some versions of the two platforms on December 31

Support for the Nokia S40 will also stop after December 31 next year, while Android versions 2.3.7 and older will cease to function from February 1, 2020.

WhatsApp stated that it made a decision to give up supporting older platforms because there will be some new features added to the latest versions of the app. The company announced this news via its official blog post.

The app is in principle similar to Continue on PC which lets you transfer web links and pictures from their Android or iOS device to their Windows 10 PC using Microsoft's apps like Cortana, Microsoft Edge, and Microsoft Launcher (Android only).

WhatsApp says in a blog post that users on these particular platforms will not be able to create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts once the company ends support.

Later today, if you're using WhatsApp on any of the Windows Phone 8.0 device, BlackBerry OS, and BlackBerry 10 device, it will stop working. The Apple App Store was only a few months old.

Why will WhatsApp no longer be supported?

"About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia".

The company has said that it is looking forward to focussing on mobile platforms which are used by the majority of the users.

The mobile phones that don't work with WhatsApp are: the Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone 3GS, which was released in 2009.

"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", the messaging app said.

A lawyer recently wrote to WhatsApp, calling on it to stop people from using the middle finger emoji.