As announced earlier, the Facebook-owned instant messaging platform will end its support for some old operating systems, starting today. The online messaging platform regulary ends support for old operating systems citing that these platforms/phones don’t offer the kind of capabilities or options which are required to support WhatsApp’s new features. The company had said that it is looking at next seven years and aims to focus efforts on platforms which are used by majority users.
“The decision was taken because we will no longer be actively developing for these platforms and some features might stop functioning at any time. When we look ahead to our next seven years, we are looking to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms that a vast majority of people use. These platforms/phones don’t offer the kind of capabilities WhatsApp needs to expand its features in the future,” a blog post by WhatsApp read.
After the latest announcement, WhatsApp will end support for Nokia’s popular operating system – Nokia S40. The operating system ran on several Nokia phones including the famous Asha series. Since the company won’t be developing features for this platform, it will end support for all phones running on Nokia S40.
The list of devices that run on this OS is Nokia Asha 201, Asha 205, Nokia 206, Asha 210, Nokia 208, Asha 230, Asha 500, Asha 501, Asha 502, Asha 503, Nokia 206, Nokia 208, Nokia 301 and Nokia 515.
Apart from S40, WhatsApp will also end support for Android 2.3.7 and older versions on February 1, 2020. This means that only users running Android 4.0 or above will be able to use WhatsApp. Along with this, the support for iOS 7 and older version will also be ended.
The operating system made debut on the iPhone 5s. The users of this platform can update their devices to the latest iOS 12.1 and continue using the service.
Last year, the company had ended support for Nokia Symbian S60 OS, Windows Phone 8.0 OS, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10.