WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular instant messaging and voice/video calling platform that has billions of active users worldwide. With the latest developments in smartphones operating systems, the Facebook owned messaging app has decided to bid farewell the older versions of mobile phones on the eve of New Year 2018.
As we know, WhatsApp keeps on introducing new features that require the latest operating systems to provide the best customer experience remaining intact with the users. The company has therefore decided to focus its efforts on the mobile platforms that are used by maximum number of people that is Android and iOS.
According to details, the announcement made through WhatsApp Support Page claims that the user having BlackBerry OS & 10, Window Phone 8.0 & older and Nokia s40 will not be able to “create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts”. However, users might still be able to continue using WhatsApp on these devices but some features of the device might not work properly.
WhatsApp said that it is forced to take steps like these since older devices are not compatible with the new updates being rolled out. These updates include new features like voice calling, video calling, usage of GIFs and viewing of YouTube videos within the app etc.
WhatsApp further clarifies its decision by saying:
These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version.
WhatsApp has recommended that users having these devices should upgrade to newer models to keep on availing its services.