WhatsApp has already announced that they will stop supporting Nokia Symbian S60 devices by the end of 2016, along with Nokia S40, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7.1, and Android 2.1 and 2.2. Apparently, these mobile platforms don’t have the capability to support the new features that WhatsApp is planning to release, and they’re no longer used by a lot of people today. So, the company has decided to focus on iOS, Android, and Windows Phones, which are used by many people and are technologically able to power WhatsApp well into the future.
Yet, despite this announcement, WhatsApp continues to provide updates for these old mobile platforms. One example is the 2.16.9 update for Nokia Symbian phones, which was released in early April. It provides fixes for bugs and makes the app more stable, but it doesn’t come with any exciting features (such as Voice Calling, which is already available for iOS and Android phones). This can be disappointing for Nokia Symbian phone owners, but this move makes a lot of sense considering that the mobile platform will no longer be supported by WhatsApp when the year ends.
To download the update, users can go to WhatsApp page for Nokia Symbian and click the “Download Now” button. Before doing so, though, WhatsApp advises you to have an unlimited internet data plan and to double-check if your operating system is Nokia S60 3rd edition or 5th edition, Symbian^3, Symbian Anna, or Symbian Belle. Once you have downloaded the update, uninstall the current version of WhatsApp that’s running on your phone. Open the SIS file of WhatsApp 2.16.9 and follow the installation instructions that would appear on the screen.
Take note that WhatsApp 2.16.9 for Nokia Symbian is a beta update, so you may notice a few bugs that may affect how the app functions. Don’t worry, though, since these apps will surely be fixed when WhatsApp releases a stable version of the update.
Of course, considering that WhatsApp will quit supporting Nokia Symbian phones by the end of the year, you might want to look into buying a new phone, preferably an iOS, Android, or Windows Phone. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing your WhatsApp account and not having a way to communicate with family and friends. You’ll also have a phone that will support the exciting new features that WhatsApp will release in the future which, according to rumors, may include video calls.
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