08 March 2016
Last week was an anniversary week for WhatsApp. No, the notable platform didn’t surprise us with the video calling feature but it did announce some important news that needs to be taken care of. WhatsApp is dropping support for Windows Phone 7.1 and other Operating Systems by the end of this year. Other OS includes Blackberry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo, and Windows Phone 7.1.
WhatsApp writes through their official blog –
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 many platforms.
The majority of people use the latest versions of Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry. According to the data revealed in the Android distribution stats released by Google, it has been reported that the maximum number of Android users are using Lollipop OS, KitKat OS on their smartphones. And, there are only a few numbers of people who are still using the classic versions of Android.
So, it’s evident that why WhatsApp is taking a big leap.
WhatsApp also gave reasons for this major step and said these platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future.
So, if your device runs on either of these platforms then we highly recommend you to upgrade them to higher versions to continue the use of WhatsApp and include great features as well. The upgrade needs to be done before the end of 2016 to continue using Whatsapp.