As most of you already know, the WhatsApp application is currently owned by Facebook. We’ve seen many changes that have been brought to the application since the new owner has purchased it, such as new features and options.
Unfortunately, the WhatsApp application will soon stop functioning for some devices. Facebook claims that it needed to do this in order to further develop the application with new features and options, which can’t be supported by some old devices running on an outdated operating system.
We need to remind you that the WhatsApp application was supposed to stop supporting these devices by the end of 2016, but for some reason, the developers have decided to end it on June 30, 2017 (yes, in about two weeks).
According to the official announcement that the developers of WhatsApp have made, the application will stop functioning on the following devices/operating systems:
- BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10);
- Nokia S40;
- Nokia Symbian S60;
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2;
- Windows Phone 7.1;
- iPhone 3GS;
- iOS 6.
If you still want to keep using the WhatsApp application on your device, you will need to either purchase a new device or install a new OS version on your device (if it is possible). It is expected that many users will start purchasing new devices, especially low-budget ones, in order to keep on using the WhatsApp application.
We remind you that there are over 1.2 billion monthly active users, which clearly means that most of them will probably decide that it is time to purchase a new handset, even if they need to do it just because of this application.
Are you using WhatsApp on a device that will stop supporting the application at the end of this month? Will you purchase a new device just to be able to keep using WhatsApp?