WhatsApp to stop working for millions of users

By : |January 3, 2017 0

Though WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms, it will stop working for more than million users.

As WhatsApp announced in early 2016 to stop support – for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 – users using smartphone running on Android 2.2 Froyo and 2.1, iPhone 3GS and iOS 6, Windows Phone 7, are unable to use WhatsApp since the new year night.

However, support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 has been extended until June 30, 2017.

The Facebook-owned company said in a blog post, “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.”

Notably, the market share of affected devices was considerably low, 0.1 percent for devices running on Android 2.2 Froyo, 2.6 percent for devices running iOS 6. In 2015, around 1.4 million people were using Android 2.2 version.

As the smartphone market is majorly dominated by Google, Apple and Microsoft, with almost all latest models running on these platforms, the firm wrote, “we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.”

It’s time to buy a new phone.

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