As of 31 December 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be supported on a number of platforms. the company has confirmed.
Support will be dropped for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older. WhatsApp had said previously that support would be dropped for these devices last year but they have had a stay of execution.
Support for the Nokia S40 will also be dropped on December 31, 2018 and for Android 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020.
The reason given by the world’s most popular messaging app is “because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.”
As the support is being dropped on these platforms it would be fair to assume that any new features won’t be forthcoming either. Similarly, glitches and bugs will not fixed either.
To put things simply, if you rely on WhatsApp for business or pleasure and you are using one of the affected devices, it might be time to upgrade.
This news follows on from the recent development of the ability to delete sent messages. Messages that have been successfully deleted in a chat will be replaced by “this message was deleted”.
However, there is a catch, messages can only be deleted within 7 minutes of being sent so if you sent a drunken messages the previous night, it will be too late in the morning to delete it.
The WhatsApp team said: “Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat.
“This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.
“Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with “This message was deleted” in your recipients’ chats.
“Similarly, if you see ‘This message was deleted’ in a chat, it means that the sender deleted their message for everyone.”