Back in the beginning of the year, in February to be more precise, WhatsApp has made an announcement stating that several operating systems will be cut off from support after the 31st of December, meaning that some important mobile devices will no longer be able to use WhatsApp.
This decision has come as the result of the targeted operating systems not being able to offer compatibility with the newest and consuming features and security from WhatsApp. Among the operating systems that will get the axe is Symbian, which has made history for Nokia phones, being one of the most popular OSs before Android and iOS came to power.
Other operating systems, some older, some newer, that will no longer be WhatsApp-approved, are the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 7.1, iOS 6, Android 2.1, 2.2 and Nokia S40.
In their statement, WhatsApp wanted to express that this decision isn’t something they enjoy anymore than the mobile phone users which use said operating systems, but the harsh reality is that those firmwares just don’t have the power to comprehend all the new technologies implemented by WhatsApp.
For those finding themselves in such a situation, WhatsApp recommend switching mobile devices and opting for a fresher device with WhatApp support, which isn’t hard to come by, as most developers that work with Android for example, offer a wide range of mobile devices for every customer price threshold.
There are still two months until these operating systems become unqualified, so Nokia S40 or Windows Phone 7.1 users still have plenty of time to get a brand new device and continue using WhatsApp, which is constantly pushing out new features and functions , becoming a bigger and better experience each time a new build is introduced.