At the beginning of this year, the company announced in its blog about plans to end support for smartphones running on BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems.
Now the company has made an official statement that since 2017, the WhatsApp messenger will stop supporting versions for outdated operating systems that are on fairly old gadgets.
New requirements for devices were put forward after analyzing the 7-year work of the messenger. At the time WhatsApp hit the App Store in 2009, 70% of users had BlackBerry and Nokia-based devices, while the popular Google, Apple and Microsoft then made up only a quarter of the market.
The developers decided to restrict access to outdated models due to the growing popularity and regular updates of products from Google, Apple and Microsoft, indicating a senseless focus on outdated devices.
It is worth noting that it was WhatsApp that was the application that supported its product for various mobile platforms, starting from the early versions.