WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer support a range of older operating platforms by midnight December 31, 2016. WhatsApp say on their website: “As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
The app will stop running on a variety of models, including Androids, Windows, iPhones, BlackBerry and Nokia Phones.
By the end of this year Whatsapp will no longer work on:
- Android 2.1 and 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
In June 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be supported for:
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60