WhatsApp Will Stop Running on Millions of Smartphones by 2016-End. Is Your Phone on the List?

WhatsApp is ending support for older Smartphone operating systems, as the Facebook-owned messaging giant was phasing out compatibility with older Smartphones in a technology upgrade aimed at expanding its features in 2017.

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Mobile platforms that will not be able to run WhatsApp in 2017 include Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, and iPhone 3GS/ iOS 6. Any iPhone 4, 4S, or 5 that has not been updated to iOS 10 – Apple’s new operating system software for iPhone and iPad – would also not support WhatsApp. However, WhatsApp is extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.

WhatsApp has already started adding a slew of new features to its application. Video calling and animated GIFs were launched last month on iPhone, Android and Windows phone devices. New camera features were added, so the users could place emoji stickers or draw photos, and attach videos to chats.  WhatsApp already provides end-to-end 256-bit encryption for all its messages, but it recently added two-step verification to provide an extra layer of security to curb identity theft.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Your website is broken, it keeps on taking me up and down the page and I can’t read any article. The cursor doesn’t stand still and keeps scrolling up and down. Only happens with your web page.

    This is a new problem as I am a regular reader.

  2. Whatsapp has now given BlackBerry users until June 2017 .No need to change to Android in the meantime.

    In six months time many things can happen. I am sticking to my faithful blackberry until last minute. I will then use We Chat which is identical to Whatsapp.

  3. It is most likely the mandate to deprecate CBC ciphers in TLS, leaving TLS/1.0 and TLS/1.1 dead. I don’t have my list of Android OS’ handy, but I know my Note 2 and 3 will only work with TLS/1.0, and they are at the latest that Samsung/AT&T publish. 4.3 maybe?

    A little thin on the details of this story.

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