"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone".
The software will stop working on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 and older. The company also expressed its wish of focusing more on the mobile platforms used by most people. However users should still be able to use WhatsApp on these platforms after the cut-off date.
If you own a device with Blackberry OS or Blackberry 10 then WhatsApp will not be working on your phone this coming year. WhatsApp is asking users of those older devices/OS to consider switching to new device and verify their number on the new one. The blog post mentioned that during those times about seventy percent of the smartphones sold had Blackberry and Nokia provided operating systems.
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"These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future", the messaging app stated.
Come 2018, older BlackBerry and Windows phones will not be able to use WhatsApp as the company has chose to cease support for some older mobile operating systems.
WhatsApp's advice to those who have one of the affected smartphones but want to continue using the service is simply to buy an upgraded device.
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In the past few months alone, WhatsApp has unveiled some handy features (like quick delete for sent texts, real-time location sharing, and new universal emojis). The app will stop working on phones running Android 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread) will be stopped from February 1, 2020.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to transfer your previous chats from your old device to the new one. The company ended support for Nokia Symbian S60 devices in June. However, you can access your chat history by sending your chat history attached to an email. The messenger extended its support for Blackberry earlier this year to the end of 2017, but it appears the messenger isn't going to put energy into the platform anymore.
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