Last year, WhatsApp announced that it will no longer be offering support and general software updates to those using the app on older devices.
At the time, this directive included a bunch of old Android and iOS operating systems as well as the older Nokia S40, Nokia S60, BlackBerry 10 and all BlackBerry 7+ operating systems. However, this was to happen in phases. As at the time of this writing, support for devices using older Android and iOS versions was discontinued in early 2017, but the Facebook-owned company promised to do the same for the remaining operating systems from Nokia and BlackBerry by the end of June.
To be more precise, WhatsApp was to stop supporting updates on Nokia S40, Nokia S60 and BlackBerry operating systems as of June 30. However, there has been a slight change to this directive, much to the delight of some of those who currently use phones based on the said operating systems.
According to a new report, WhatsApp will only discontinue support for Nokia Symbian and S60 devices as from July 1 onwards, but those using the Nokia S40, BlackBerry 7+ and BlackBerry 10 devices will keep on receiving software updates until the end of this year. This is good news for those still using these platforms as they would have enough time to make the switch to a newer platform or rather device.
BlackBerry is no longer dealing with hardware devices, rather, the company has assigned its hardware duties to China’s TCL. The company said that it will no longer be producing smartphones that are based on the new BlackBerry 10, instead, all of its future phones will be based on Android OS. We already have quite a good number of them, led by the newest BlackBerry KEYone and last year’s DTEK60 and DTEK50.
The story is no different when it comes to Nokia, where the OEM has moved to Android OS, with the market already full of Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 devices and more expected to come in the months ahead. In short, if you really love Nokia and BlackBerry and your current device is about to face extinction, you still have a variety of devices to choose from.
Be warned that the revised Nokia 3310 uses the S30+ OS, which is not supported by WhatsApp, so don’t make a mistake of moving onto this phone thinking that it’s a new model from Nokia and thus it should be compatible with the app – you’ll be disappointed.
As at the time of this writing, the Facebook-owned company has not yet updated its official pages with this detail, but it won’t be long before it does. The information came from someone directly responsible for the app – the co-founder and CEO Brian Acton.
Meanwhile, WhatsApp has recently confirmed that it has more than 1.2 billion active users across the globe and in order to keep this huge family happy, there are a number of new features that are set to come in. One of the most exciting ones is the ability to recall messages. In an update that will be rolled out soon, users of this app will be able to unsend messages they send to their contacts by mistake, but this must happen within five minutes of sending the message in question.
Once you receive WhatsApp version 2.17.30 and above, you should be able to recall messages, be it text, audio, video, GIFs, photos, documents, even quoted messages or even status replies. But if the five-minute window expires, the feature will not be able to work. Apparently, iOS users will also be able to enjoy the old Contact list rather than seeing the new Status update column.
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