WhatsApp is one of the most famous messaging services around the world. There are many reasons for its popularity. Some of the reasons that come banging in the head are like it is free, easy to use, simpler interface and free of cost. Since Facebook bought the messenger, there have been a few issues as well. A few months back WhatsApp announced that it would share user information with Facebook and people raged over the decision. But, we have a tendency to move on. So keeping in mind that Facebook has actually improved the software a lot since the acquisition, users slowly let that go as well.
WhatsApp will not work for millions of users
Now, a new problem is on its way for millions of users around the world. In the month of December 2016, WhatsApp will stop working on their phones altogether. Well, the company announced it before. The problems are, the software and the operating system are get upgraded on a regular basis, and it is hard for WhatsApp to continue support for all the OS versions. To start with, WhatsApp will not support older versions of iOS, Android and Windows Mobile.
Anyone with iPhone 3GS or iOS 6 will no longer be able to use WhatsApp. Apart from that the owners of iPad first, second, third of the fourth generation will face the similar fate if they have not updated to iOS 9.3 yet. In the case of Android, any phone or tablet running on Android 2.1 or 2.2 (which is very ancient and now vulnerable to bugs) will not be able run the software. WhatsApp will also stop working on any device that is still using Windows 7. However, the company has extended the support for a few Operating Systems. BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S60 and Nokia Symbian S40 will not seize to work until 30th June 2017.
What is the need?
The first question that comes to the mind can be “Is it really necessary”? Why companies stop the support for all these older versions? It is understandable that it is not easy for everyone to use a newer version of the handset. Most of the users on the older phone cannot afford to upgrade the phone. The problem with the company is that a lot of features that WhatsApp now has, are not possible in older OS. Also, a number of bugs and vulnerabilities make it even harder for the company to continue spending time on older versions of OS.
WhatsApp is not the only company that has stopped support for older versions. A couple of years back, Windows stopped providing support for Windows XP altogether. Windows took the step to make sure that people upgrade their computers to a better version of the Operating System. It is a fact that software companies have to move forward and ditch the older versions. It helps the companies to keep up with the advancements in the field of technology. Supporting older devices or operating systems is not always feasible and often very costly.