As promised, WhatsApp has culled support for older iPhones and Android smartphones starting 2017 in a bid to ensure that it is able to provide new and improved features to its users as well as ensure security of their messages.
WhatsApp had already announced last year that it will be culling support for iPhone 3GS or iPhones running on iOS 6 as well as Android smartphones running Android 2.1 or 2.2. The messaging app will also stop working for all those Windows Phone users who have smartphones running Windows Phone 7. WhatsApp has said that anyone who wish to continue using the messaging app should use a smartphone that runs a supported mobile operating system.
WhatsApp had initially said that all BlackBerry models and some Nokia handsets would also find themselves unable to get onto the chat app. But it went back late last year, apparently in response to complaints.
“We are extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017,” the company wrote in an update to its blog. The changes are thought to be in large part to allow WhatsApp to more deeply integrate encryption and other privacy services. Such technology stops messages from being read, and has led to WhatsApp facing criticism from governments who believe that WhatsApp conversations should be made public, the report said.
It’s also likely to allow for more rapid introduction of new features. Rumoured updates scheduled in 2017 include a new feature that would allow people to edit or entirely delete messages after they have been sent.