The WhatsApp backtracked and decided to extend support to some older operating systems – not all – changing the prediction that they would be closed at the end of 2016. With the change, from 2017, mobile owners based on older versions ofor will still be able to use the application until the 30th of June. The closing date of the support, however, has not been modified for older versions of , (iPhone) and , which can no longer download updates for the application.
According to the development team WhatsApp , the end of support is due to a decision of the application ‘s creators – and the– to change their focus to the most commonly used operating systems today and enables the implementation of new features, including options Modern security features that are not supported by legacy software.
To add a new download to one of the versions of the mobile operating systems that are no longer supported, the official WhatsApp webpage has the following message: “Sorry, your device is not supported at the moment”, informs the page, which prevents The download.
The End of an Era:
According to the WhatsApp, about 70 percent of the phones used at the time of its launch in 2009 used BlackBerry and Nokia operating systems. Years later, these software were replaced by Android, iOS and Windows Phone, which, according to the application, account for 99.5% of the market.
What does the end of support mean?
With the end of support, smartphones equipped with abandoned operating systems will no longer be able to download the application – that is, download the application or updates again.
WhatsApp, however, has not made it clear whether users will be able to continue using, or even when, older versions of the mobile app. The probability is that they can not be used to create new accounts or migrate existing accounts, as with other systems.
The following software has lost support:
– Android 2.1 and 2.2
– Windows Phone 7
– iPhone 3GS / iOS 6
Other operating systems had their expiration date extended until the middle of 2017:
– BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
– Nokia S40
– Nokia Symbian S60
What to do?
The recommendation of WhatsApp is that users purchase new appliances with current systems and compatible with the application. Who owns smartphones with Android should also check the version of your operating systems for whether to continue using the program.
With knowing if my operating system has already lost support?
You still have questions, you can visit the official website of WhatsApp ( whatsapp.com/download ) and check the download availability for your software. Nokia S4, for example, the page already shows the message about the version be outdated ( whatsapp.com/s40 ) and prevents the download.