WhatsApp back tracks on plan to cut off older mobiles


WhatsApp has made a u-turn on plans to withdraw their service from older devices.

They announced the move in an updated blog post, backtracking on the previous announcement that WhatsApp would no longer support devices running older versions of Android, iOS and Blackberry, as well as some Nokia phones.

The latest post suggests that BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 will be supported until December 31st 2017, while support for the Nokia S40 is now offered until December 31st 2018.

Meanwhile, any Windows Phone version 8.0 or older will stop working on December 31st 2017. And Android versions 2.3.7 and older will stop being supported by February 1st 2020.

However, it has been said that some features may stop working on these devices before these dates. On top of this, they will not be looking to actively develop these platforms so it is highly unlikely that users will be able to access the latest versions.

The latest update to WhatsApp includes the facility to apply filters to photos, videos and GIFs to add a bit more pizazz. There are only five options available at present, Pop, B&W, Cool, Chrome, and Film although it would seem reasonable to expect that others are in the pipeline.

WhatsApp is constantly adding new features and one of the latest features is the ability to group images into albums if multiple snaps are sent from the same contact.

One final update it the facility to swipe from left-to-right in a message to compose a quick reply. This is far better than the previous option where you had to load the message in order to reply and should save valuable seconds.


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