Of all the fascinating modern technology has to offer, one thing still remains universal true: technology does die.
Operating systems and software do not live forever. In April 2014, Windows announced its cease of support on Windows XP; this week, WhatsApp announced it will cease its support on six devices and two operating system versions.
In an FAQ statement by WhatsApp, the discontinuation of support is separated into two categories: one being a complete cease of support, another being the cease of function on ‘creating new accounts or re-verifying existing accounts’.
The following platforms are no longer supported:
- Android versions older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
For the following platforms, you can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts. However, you’ll be able to continue using WhatsApp:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 until December 31, 2017
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older until December 31, 2017
- Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
The reason for WhatsApp to stop providing service on these platforms is because the devices and OS are incapable of running its new features.
These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp warns users that the affected devices may experience malfunctions on certain features at any given time. The Facebook-owned messaging company urged users to either update their operating system or change the phone in order for continuum usage. Yikes.
The company stated that it currently does not have the option for users to transfer chat history across platforms. It advised users to users to opt for ’email chat history’ for the moment. But we all know the standard 25mb email attachment is not enough to transfer all those photos and videos.
Time to get the cables out before December 31, everybody. Maybe your less techy grandparents or parents will be affected by this change.
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