On New Year’s Day popular messaging service (and the reason for 89% of failed relationships) WhatsApp will be pulling support from a large number of smartphones.
So If you’re wondering why on the stroke of midnight your ill-advised message, which you’ve typed so frantically while under the influence alcohol, isn’t sending it’s because WhatsApp is telling you to buy a new smartphone.
Developers will ‘remove support’ for old smartphones thus rendering future updates for the popular messaging service useless.
This means users on old devices will not have any kind of access to new features and will, inevitably, no longer be able to use the application. Which begs the question: If you take away someone’s WhatsApp capabilities how will they communicate? Who, in this day and age, sends a text message or actually rings someone who isn’t trying to sell dodgy PPI?
I am at loss for words… or rather the inability to type it onto my smartphone and then hit the send button.
From New Years Day, anyone using a device which runs on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 (people still uses Blackberrys?), Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.0 won’t be able to update their WhatsApp software.
A blog post, from February last year, from the developers at WhatsApp explained:
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.
They then listed off a series of handheld devices which will no longer be able to support the app, this included; the aforementioned Blackberrys and Windows Phone 7 and 8.0, Nokia’s’ S40 and Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and the iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
The developers went on to say:
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.
WhatsApp has already cut off compatibility with the Nokia Symbian S60 and towards the end of next year they will have also cut off support for the S40 too. Phones running on Android versions 2.3.7 and older will still be able to use WhatsApp until the beginning of February 2020.
Towards the end of November, WhatsApp servers were down causing millions of users to go into meltdown because as couldn’t send dank memes, check up on bae or casually read their group chats while not actually contribute to the conversation.