WhatsApp is seven years old and it’s becoming more popular with each passing day. Currently, it has over 1 billion active users and the majority is using either an Android or iOS smartphone. Because of that, these two operating systems are updated more often and they’re receiving the latest features before of the rest of platforms. It has become quite tiring for the developers to keep up with all WhatsApp’s versions and they’ve announced that the application will be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia devices.
Unfortunately for the owners of a smartphone running on BlackBerry 10, this version hasn’t been updated in almost a year and a half and the Canadian manufacturer has finally realized that its operating system is slowly losing fans, so it took a drastic decision: to start creating Android-based devices. Priv is the first model that arrived in October 2015 and this will be the only BlackBerry smartphone from the old generation, which will continue to run WhatsApp, until a new Android device will be released by this company.
Also, WhatsApp will be discontinued for Nokia’s low-end S40 and S60 Symbian smartphones, alongside old devices running on Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 OS. This news wasn’t well-received by the users from developing countries, who are stuck with an old Nokia device, but they will have no other option than to upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone device if they want to continue using the service.
Regarding the version for Nokia, it’s good to know that the users can download the WhatsApp 2.12.362 beta update, which brings 500 new emojis, but they can’t be used until a new update will activate the new emoji Unicode 8.0. The sis file weighs only 1270KB and contains, besides the new emoji characters which have been optimized, 20 modified files. There are six new files and two images have been deleted, and the developers tried to fix some bugs in order to improve the stability of the application.
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