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Since WhatsApp was introduced in 2009, it slowly but steadily gained following that today, it is the most popular messaging app that has been downloaded more than 1 billion times in more the 180 countries. The benchmark was reached in February 2016.

This multi-platform messenger app is available in Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, S40 and Symbian 60. WhatsApp allows user to send and share audio and video files, make voice calls and send texts to other WhatsApp users.



However, in line with the 7th anniversary of the initial release of this app, WhatsApp, Inc. announced that by the end of 2016, they will stop WhatsApp support of some older mobile devices. The list included iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, Symbian S60 and S40. Nokia Asha 200 series which includes Asha 201, 205 Chat Edition, Asha 210, Asha 230 Single and Dual Sim. This means that when the clock strikes 12 midnight on December 31, 2016, users will not be able to use WhatsApp on these phone models.

Fortunately, there are some developments on the said pulling out of support for older mobile phones. WhatsApp had a change of heart and extended the deadline. Instead of stopping support on the last day of December, some phones can still enjoy the features of WhatsApp until June next year. The list includes extended support for Blackberry OS and 10, Symbian S60 and Nokia S40. This means that it is not too late to download and install WhatsApp messenger on your Nokia Asha 200 series phone.

But with the new mid-range and high-end Android mobile devices being released one after another, you might want to upgrade your phone to a newer model. Say, you might want to wait for the release date of Samsung Galaxy S8 next year, although it still remains a mystery. This model will definitely be supported by WhatsApp.

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