WhatsApp messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps today, having been downloaded by 1 billion users in February this year. Ten months hence, the number had definitely increased, given that several updates have been made on the app.
This multi-platform messaging app allows users to send messages, create chat groups, send and share audio and video files to other app users. And since both iPhone and Android users can download and install WhatsApp, its popularity soared that it was acquired by social media giant, Facebook in 2014, for $19 billion.
However, WhatsApp made a bold announcement on the same month it reached its 1 billion mark. The app’s developer said that it will pull out its support on WhatsApp messenger on some smartphone devices by the end of 2016, which is a few weeks from now.
The list includes phones from Samsung, Nokia, Blackberry and Windows. Although later versions of these phones are exempted, users who use the affected smartphones might as well upgrade their phone models or use a different messaging app.
Samsung users do not need to worry about not being able to use WhatsApp on their phones, at least those with Android versions other that Android 2.1 Éclair and Android 2.2 Froyo. These OS versions will not be able to support the app. For those with newer OS versions, it’s business as usual.
For users of newer Samsung smartphones and tablets, downloading and using WhatsApp is easy. By simply going to Play Store and typing WhatsApp from the search bar, a list of downloadable apps with the word “WhatsApp” will appear on the screen. Simply choose the appropriate icon and click install.
And since the video calling feature of WhatsApp is now working, users are asked to be wary of a scam where an invite to download the feature is sent to unsuspecting potential victims. The said link is in fact malware sent by hackers to compromise the security of the devices.