Earlier this year, WhatsApp had announced that it will stop supporting mobile devices running older versions of operating systems including BlackBerry and Nokia platforms by the end of this year. However, the billion user-strong messaging service has now decided to go a little easy on its words and continue supporting the dated platforms till June 2017. Owned by Facebook, the company made the decision to withdraw support from BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, because it felt that mobile devices running on these platforms don t offer the kind of capabilities the company needs to expand the app s features. Also Read - WhatsApp to get a new design for media footer on Android, here's how it looksAlso Read - WhatsApp Mute Video feature now rolling out: Here's how to use it
While the death of BlackBerry OS is not inevitable given that the company itself is moving towards Android with its new handsets, but it doesn t mean there are no existing users. WhatsApp decision to extend support to the outdated platform suggests that there are still some people who continue using the BBOS and BB 10 OS. Although the company has announced that it will continue supporting the platforms till June 30, 2017, not all platforms are as privileged as BlackBerry and Nokia. Also Read - WhatsApp tips and tricks: How to read deleted WhatsApp messages on Android
Support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 will continue till June while Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 will not be supported at the beginning of 2017. On its support page, WhatsApp further suggests users of the affected mobile devices to upgrade to newer devices running Android 2.3+, Windows Phone 8+, or iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using the service. Currently, the service is not offering any option to transfer your chat history between platforms. Though, users have the option to send their chat history attached to an email. ALSO READ: WhatsApp reaches 160 million monthly active users in India; highest in the world
WhatsApp periodically adds new features to its service to continue appealing to its users. This week, the company added a video calling feature that had been missing from the app for quite some time. The feature had been teased in beta versions of the app and now has made it to the public version. WhatsApp s new video calling is just another method the company aims to take on existing messaging services including Apple s FaceTime, Microsoft s Skype, Google Duo, and parent company Facebook s Messenger app. This year, the company introduced a range of updates to the app. It introduced full end-to-end chat encryption, rolled out GIF support, and also a Snapchat-like photo editing feature.
On the sidelines of introducing the new feature, WhatsApp also announced that it has the maximum number of users in India, surpassing any other country in the world. In India, where the messaging app runs on 96 percent of smartphones, has now hit the 160 million MAUs mark. With this, the app has joined a number of apps which enjoy enormous popularity such as Facebook which boasts over 1.5 billion MAUs in the country. ALSO READ: WhatsApp introduces two-factor verification, background audio playback in latest beta app