WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging application in the world, is constantly being updated. Another year has just published its usual "blacklist" of mobile phones that will not be available from next January.
The company, which has more than 1500 million users, has already indicated that it prefers to focus on "mobile phone platforms used by the majority of people."
That's why the instant messaging service said those who used it with the operating system Nokia S40 They can only do so until December 31, 2018, according to the company's blog.
S40 is software developed by the Finnish company Nokia in 1999 and which, according to the company, is used in "hundreds of millions" of mobile phones, reaching the figure of 1,500 phones sold with this software in 2012,
Some of them are Nokia 206 and 208, Nokia 301, Nokia 515 and much of the Nokia Asha C3, X2 and X3 series. These devices are still being sold as an alternative to smartphones in several stores and web pages.
The Case of iPhone 4
WhatsApp also suggested some changes that will affect those who have an emblematic Apple mobile phone: iPhone 4 And although it is still compatible with this terminal, it will soon cease to be.
on app no longer allows you to create new accounts for users who have this iPhone model or another phone they work with iOS 7 nor any previous version of Apple's software.
And by 2020, WhatsApp will stop working on these phones completely.
"What iPhone Requires for iPhone [un sistema operativo] iOS 8 or later. In iOS 7.1.2, you can no longer create new accounts or check existing accounts. If WhatsApp is already active on your device, you can use it until 1 February 2020., IOS 6 or earlier are no longer compatible, "reads the company's website.
"For a better experience, we recommend using the latest version of iOS available on your phone and visiting the Apple help page to learn how to update your iPhone software."
The case of mobile phones that use operating system Android 2.3.7 (and previous versions) is very similar to iOS 7.1.2: you can only use WhatsApp by February 1, 2020.
According to Google, there are about 6,000 million mobile phones in the world that use Android 2.3.7 or an earlier version of the operating system.
Also known as Gingerbread, Android 2.3.7 was released in December 2010 along with Nexus S, a smartphone manufactured by Samsung. His successor, Android 3.0 Honeycomb (honeycomb) was born in February 2011
If you want to continue using WhatsApp, you will need it update your operating system,
What devices IS WhatsApp is available?
- Android with Operating System 4.0 or later
- iPhone with iOS 8 or higher
- Windows Phone with Operating System 8.1 or later
- JioPhone 2
Source: WhatsApp / Frequently Asked Questions