Whatsapp has announced it will end support for a number of smartphones by the end of 2016.
The Facebook owned messaging service has revealed that Nokia, Blackberry and some older Android smartphones will no longer work with the Whatsapp mobile app from December 31st 2016.
Back in February, Whatsapp announced that it would be dropping support for Blackberry and some Windows phones. But the company has confirmed exactly which devices will no longer be compatible with the mobile app.
Whatsapp, which recently turned seven, said some older devices are no have the capabilities to work run future versions of the app.
In a statement Whatsapp said:
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms
BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
Nokia Symbian S60
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7.1
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
If you do use Whatsapp from one of the devices listed above, you may want to think about upgrading.
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