19 June 2018
WhatsApp has been the dominant chat application since it was launched back in 2009. It made such in-roads to the communication landscape that it was used practically by everyone right from the housewives to school/college students to vendors, etc. Given in the world where SMS was charged, WhatsApp gave relatively cheaper means to mass communicate with 2G/3G/LTE data. Such was the outreach of WhatsApp, especially in India, that Facebook bought it outrightly for 19 billion US Dollars in year 2014.
Lately, WhatsApp is reviewing and revising its support for devices. WhatsApp is NOT supported on following devices "Because we'll no longer actively develop for these operating systems, some features might stop functioning at any time." it was quoted saying in their FAQ
Following Operating Systems will no longer be supported
- Android older than 2.3.3
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
- Nokia Symbian S60
- BlackBerry OS/10
Following Operating Systems will only be supported till
- Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
- iOS 7 and older until February 1, 2020
If you are stuck with any of device using above Operating System, simply upgrade to latest by going to Settings > About Phone > System Updates or Settings > General > Software Update, depending upon your phone model. Once you have upgraded, simply install WhatsApp from Play Store or App Store and verify with your phone number. You should be able to start chatting again.
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