WhatsApp has taken a tough decision to pull the app out of old operating systems starting December 31, 2017. The app will therefore stop working on some old smartphones and also other devices like old tablets. According to the runners of the app, the affected OSs include Blackberry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and below, Nokia S40 (December 31, 2018) and also Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 (February 1, 2020).
No More WhatsApp for Blackberry OS and BlackBerry 10
Blackberry OS is one of the operating systems that WhatsApp will no longer be available on them. This is because it is pretty old and cannot work with some new app features. On the other hand, the world’s top app will stop working on BlackBerry 10 because it is on the verge of extinction.
Windows Phone 8.0 and also Older Versions
Like BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and Older Versions are slowly becoming obsolete. Microsoft itself is facing tough competition from other mobile OSs, and may decide to do away with the system soon. Windows phones are however popular with a good number of people, but will no longer have WhatsApp support.
WhatsApp has given users of Nokia S40 an extra year to migrate to supported systems. This platform is quite old and works on feature phones, but will no longer have the app support come Dec. 31, 2018.
Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 and also Older Versions
WhatsApp has given users of these Android versions a long time to start using newer versions. If you have been following Android versions closely, you can agree with me that these are pretty old versions. User of the versions will stop having the app on their devices starting Feb. 1, 2020.
In conclusion, WhatsApp has taken this decision just to focus on Android and also iOS platforms. According to the operators of the app, they need to focus on platforms that are associated with majority of people and also those which support modern security features.
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