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Year 2018 is going to come, and the world’s most popular app WhatsApp will stop working for a number of smartphone users. Like last year, this year too the Facebook-owned instant messaging app is ending updates for a number of older platforms. “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time,” said the company on its blog post while announcing end-of-life dates. This means that users with smartphones running on OSes named by WhatsApp should consider upgrading to new phones to access the instant messaging app properly.
Users with smartphones running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and older platforms won’t be able to use WhatsApp after December 31, 2017. Another mobile OS on which WhatsApp will stop running after the end of this year is Windows Phone 8.0. The company had also withdrawn support from all devices running Windows Phone 7 and older platforms in December 2016.
All phones running Nokia S40 too will lose support for WhatsApp in 2018. The platform got an extension earlier this year. Smartphones running older versions of Android still have more time. According to WhatsApp blog, phones running Android versions 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) will lose support after February 1, 2020.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp stopped support for phones running on Nokia Symbian S60 (June 30, 2017). Among iOS platforms, WhatsApp does not support iOS 6. The company stopped supporting the platform last year (December 31, 2016).
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