WhatsApp on Blackberry Q10. Image Credit: TheInquirer
WhatsApp on Blackberry Q10. Image Credit: TheInquirer

For now close to a year, Facebook-owned messaging platform; WhatsApp has been announcing the end of support for its app on older-generations operating systems (OS). The messaging platform finally announced that it will cease to these OS after the end of the year (December 31st, 2016). However, users that are currently running the application on Nokia Symbian S60 will be shut down effective June 30th, 2017.

The company later announced the extension of this date to June 30 of this year. According to reports by TOI, in another revision, the company has further extended the support for most of these OSes for some time.

While Nokia Symbian S60 will be shut down by the end of this month, WhatsApp given deadlines for support for other OSes – are listed below.

  1. BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31st, 2017.
  2. Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31st, 2017.
  3. Nokia S40 after December 31st, 2018.
  4. Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1st, 2020.

Users that are currently running on these OSes have been encouraged to update to newer versions of operating systems to avoid losing access to the application.

Earlier this year in January, WhatsApp stopped supporting older iPhone 3GS or iOS 6 and Android 2.1 or 2.2 handsets to ensure that it could continue to introduce new features and stay secure, which relies on the app being used on newer operating systems.