WhatsApp will no longer be supported on older phones forcing people using old handsets to upgrade if they want to continue using the message service.
In a recent blog post WhatsApp said “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today.
“The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 per cent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 per cent of sales today – were on less than 25 per cent of mobile devices sold at the time.”
And as of New Years Day 2018, the software will stop working on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
WhatsApp continued “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.”