If you enjoy the simplicity of older smartphones, get ready to upgrade as Whatsapp announced that they will be shutting down their service on millions of outdated smartphones and operating systems by the end of 2016.
Who Will Be Affected?
The decision comes as WhatsApp hopes to keep up with constantly upgrading technology. The app boasts over a billion users globally, and say they must phase out outdated software in order to keep up.
According to a blog post on their website earlier this year, phones affected will include the iPhone 3GS and all iOS 6 or earlier, all BlackBerry operating systems and BlackBerry 10, the Nokia S40 and Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and the Windows Phone 7.
“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,” the post states.
However, a recent update on their website reads: “WhatsApp is extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.” Therefore, if you have one of these devices or operating systems, you will have an extra six months to make an upgrade.
What If I Don’t Want To?
The creators of the app offer no advice for those unable to afford a new phone, or are currently using phones incapable of upgraded their operating system.
Users took to social media to express either their support or dissatisfaction with the app’s new policy.
One user, Lucas Wright, said, “I think this move is unfair to those who don’t want a high-tech smartphone. I ONLY use my old Blackberry for WhatsApp, and now I can’t even do that.”
Others state they believe the move will allow for better features since the software will cater to newer, more advanced smartphones.
So remember to set the date if you have one of the above devices and wish to continue using WhatsApp!