WhatsApp Stops Working On Older Phones

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging services in the world, has stopped working on some old phones. The messaging app stopped working on these phones on December 31.

The messaging app stopped working on phones running Android 2.2. The same has happened with iPhones running lower versions of iOS. Windows Phone 7 users are also included in this change. This leaves a very small percentage of smartphone users without the popular messaging app. Estimates say around 0.1 percent of phones running Android 2.2 and 2.6 percent of phones running iOS 6 are affected by the change.

The only two options right now for those wanting to use the messaging app is to upgrade to a newer operating system or buy a new smartphone. The change was first announced for only the BlackBerry and Nokia phones. It did not include the BlackBerry phones that run Android. WhatsApp recently announced that BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 devices would no longer be supported but the company extended that change until June 2017.

New Features

WhatsApp, which has more than one billion monthly active users, has probably made the changes to introduce new features faster. In November, the messaging service added a new feature for video calling. The feature allows the user to open a chat with a friend or family and have a video call. The service introduced a few features in 2016 but video calling was one of its biggest additions.

The recent changes will leave millions of users without the messaging service and currently the only options are to upgrade the operating system or buy a smartphone that has a newer version.  WhatsApp has more than one million users and is currently available in over 180 countries.

What do you think about this change? Which new features would you like to see for WhatsApp in 2017?  Let us know in the comments.