If you are using an old smartphone to send WhatsApp messages, you may need to add an upgrade to your Christmas wish list.
WhatsApp has announced it will no longer support a range of older operating platforms by the end of the year.
The messaging app said it will be phasing out support for older Windows, Android and Apple models by January, and Blackberry and Nokia by mid-2017.
WhatsApp made the announcement as it celebrated its seventh anniversary, after first launching the popular messaging platform in 2009.
The app, which is now used by more than one billion people worldwide, was launched in the early days of Apple’s App Store, when seven out of ten had operating systems offered by Blackberry and Nokia.
However, today’s smartphone market is dominated by Google, Apple and Microsoft, with almost all newer models running on these platforms.
The firm wrote: ‘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.’
|WHICH PHONES WILL LOSE OUT?|
| WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer support a range of older operating platforms by the end of the year.
By the end of this year Whatsapp will no longer work on:
In June 2017, WhatsApp will no longer be supported for:
The Nokia Symbian open source operating system, launched in 2007, is the oldest OS capable of running the app.
WhatsApp explained: ‘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.’
Users still on one of the listed platforms are advised to upgrade to newer Android, iPhone or Windows phone platforms.
The firm added: ‘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.’
In its seven years since being set up by former Yahoo! employees Jan Koum and Brian Acton in Canada, the messaging app has grown from strength to strength.
Last month, WhatsApp officially launched video calling, in a bid to compete with Apple’s Facetime and Skype.
WhatsApp, which boasts more than a billion users worldwide, adopted end-to-end encryption early this year, making it technically impossible for the company or government authorities to read messages or listen to calls.
|FIVE WHATSAPP TRICKS THAT CAN MAKE LIFE EASIER|
| See when your messages are read: Go to a chat, tap and hold on any of the messages you’ve sent, followed by the info option.
Mute group chats: Tap on the group chat and the name to bring up ‘Group Info’, where you will find the option to ‘Mute’ the chat for eight hours to one week or even a year.
Shortcuts to conversations: Tap and hold on the chat and a tab will pop up.
Select the ‘Add Conversation Shortcut’ option and the chat in question will appear as the person’s profile photo on your mobile desk top – can only be used by Android users.
Send public messages privately: On the top-left hand corner just below the search bar, you’ll notice a ‘Broadcast Lists’.
Tap on it for the option to create a new list of contacts you want your message to go out to, and message away like you would normally.
Make calls: Make sure you’re using the latest version of WhatsApp.
You should see a new ‘Calls’ tab alongside the usual ‘Chats’ and ‘Contacts’.
Just send a voice call invite to another WhatsApp user and you’ll be chatting away in no time.