As an earlier assertion stated WhatsApp will cease engaged on sure telephones by the tip of 2016, many customers of older variations of iPhones and Android handsets are about to search out themselves lower off from utilizing the chat app, media has reported.
WhatsApp, with a couple of billion month-to-month customers, had earlier introduced that it was phasing out compatibility with older telephones in a expertise improve.
In line with a report within the Unbiased on Monday, WhatsApp mentioned that the transfer had been made to make sure that the app may proceed to introduce new options and keep safe, which depends on the app getting used on newer working techniques.
Within the growing markets the place the chat app and older telephones are fashionable, WhatsApp has confronted a pointy criticism for its transfer.
WhatsApp had initially listed all BlackBerry fashions and a few Nokia handsets among the many handsets that may be blocked from the chat app. Nevertheless, the corporate retracted late final yr, apparently in response to complaints.
“We’re extending assist for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 till June 30, 2017,” WhatsApp wrote in an replace to its weblog.
The service will cease on any first, second, third or fourth era iPad that has not been up to date. Customers have to replace to iOS 9.three to make use of the service.
With these adjustments, WhatsApp is anticipated to extra deeply combine encryption and different privateness providers.
“Such expertise stops messages from being learn, and has led to WhatsApp dealing with criticism from governments who consider that WhatsApp conversations must be made public,” the report added.