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28th Feb 2016

WhatsApp Confirm That The App Will No Longer Be Supported On These Smartphones

But... but... HOW will we communicate?

Megan Cassidy

Bad news for WhatsApp users today…

Well that’s if you operate from one of the following smartphones.

The messaging app has confirmed today that it will no longer be supported on the following popular devices:

Nokia S40

Nokia Symbian S60

Android 2.1

Android 2.2

Windows Phone 7.1

Blackberry 10

The app recently turned seven, and the landscape has changed big time since it’s first release, when 70% of smartphones had operating systems offered by Nokia and Blackberry.

Now, 99.5% of sales are driven be operating systems supported by Google, Apple and Microsoft, compared to just 25% when the app was launched.

In a statement on their blog WhatsApp states: “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

“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.”