WhatsApp will stop working on certain phones from January

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The Facebook-owned app has confirmed that from 31 December, support for older versions of Blackberry and Windows-powered phones will be phased out.

In a blog post explaining the move, WhatsApp said that the move followed an earlier decision to stop developing its services for the software. The company ended support for Nokia Symbian S60 devices in June.

Over the past few months, WhatsApp has added a handful of new features, including the ability to delete WhatsApp messages, real-time location sharing, and much more. If you're a BlackBerry user who prefers the messaging app over BBM (who doesn't?), you can always grab a newer device that runs on Android.

It also said there was now no option to transfer people's chat history between platforms.




Writing in it, the firm said: 'Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5 per cent of sales today - were on less than 25 per cent of mobile devices sold at the time.

Android versions 2.3.7 and older will be unable to use WhatsApp on February 1, 2020.

If you are using one of the affected models, you will need to upgrade to a newer OS to ensure ongoing support.

Windows phone users will have no problem with the app as long as they have the newer operating systems. The company also expressed its wish of focusing more on the mobile platforms used by most people. These bunch of devices are already 3-4 years old now and apparently Blackberry has moved onto Android ecosystem leaving its proprietary Operating System behind. If you have been looking for a good reason to jump ship to a different mobile OS, you've just been given another reason to do so.

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