One of the most popular instant messaging services WhatsApp has ended supporting to older iPhones, Android devices, and Windows phone 7 smartphones. As reports suggest, such a move has been taken to ensure that the app could continue to provide new features and stay secure, which relies on the app being used on the newer operating systems.
Whatsapp service has stopped for those mobile platforms that are running on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS or iOS 6 and other lower versions of this platforms. The Facebook-owned company has advised that anyone using these older handsets and wants to keep chatting with friends by this messenger app will need to upgrade their operating system if possible or have to buy a new device.
The company initially said that it would end support to all Blackberry devices (Those not running Android) such as Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 as well as some Nokia models like S40, and Symbian S60, but, later on, the company retracted in November last year, apparently in response to complaints.
“We are extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017,” WhatsApp mentioned in an update to its blog.
The changes, however, believed largely to allow WhatsApp to more deeply integrate encryption and other privacy services. According to the reports, this technology stops messages from being read and for which the App has got condemnations from the government. For the, Whatsapp conversations has to be communal.
The reports also suggest that the move is also likely to allow the company to roll out new features quicker. If the rumors are to be believed the firm will come with some new features in 2017 that would enable people to edit or simply delete messages after the message gets delivered to the recipient.