Many of you might be familiar about the popular social messaging app WhatsApp but what you might not know is that recently the company made a public statement that it might terminate the support on older handsets by early 2017. By dropping the support on older devices and operating systems, the company is planning to include more innovative and technologically advanced features. WhatsApp has already stopped working for certain operating systems in the first week of the new year. These operating systems are Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS and iOS 6.
The reason is the lack of functionality to support the upcoming features. “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” was the official statement issued by the company during early February 2016. The company had also decided to end its support on all Blackberry devices (Not the ones running android), Nokia S40 and the Symbian S60 years. Later, they issued a statement saying that they will be extending the support for these devices until 30th June 2017.
These changes would allow WhatsApp to deeply integrate encryption and highly advanced privacy options. Such technology helps to keep conversations private, due to which it has also received flak from government agencies who believe that the conversations should not be completely encrypted for national security concerns. It is also rumoured that WhatsApp is planning to introduce highly innovative updates in 2017 – one of which includes editing and deleting messages after they have been sent. This would help many people avoid situations like this –
So, till then keep calm and keep on messaging!