WhatsApp will withdraw support for all BlackBerry, Symbian and Nokia S40 phones in December 2016. Phones running older versions of Android, iOS, and Windows operating system will also lose support.
After December 2016, users who want to continue using WhatsApp will have to upgrade to a device that supports a newer version of Android, iOS or Windows. Android users still on Android 2.1 and 2.2 will not be able to use this App. Apple’s iOS 6 will lose support and Windows Phone 7.1 users will have to upgrade their operating system to continue enjoying services.
WhatsApp is discontinuing services on these platforms because of the changes in the number of users of different operating systems. When WhatsApp was launched in 2009, the dominant operating systems in the market were Symbian and BlackBerry. A dramatic change has occurred with the emergence of Android, Windows, and iOS phones.
Moreover, the older platforms are not evolving. That is why WhatsApp has decided to stop supporting these operating system as they do not support features that WhatsApp plans to introduce.
WhatsApp is one of the most critical apps on Symbian S60 devices right now as it offers the cheapest mode of communication and end to end encryption. The withdrawal of WhatsApp services will be a harsh blow for the Symbian users.
To cope with the circumstances, BlackBerry may start offering Android-based BlackBerry devices. Unlike Symbian, the BlackBerry users will not have to look for another company.
The devices that will no run WhatsApp are: Nokia Asha 201, 206, 208, 210, 230, 300, 301, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 311, 500, 501, 502, 503, 515, Nokia C3-00, Nokia C3-01, Nokia C5, Nokia C5-03, Nokia X2-00, Nokia X2-01, Nokia X3-02, Nokia X6, Nokia X5-01, Nokia X7, Nokia E6, Nokia C6, Nokia C7, Nokia N8, N78, N97, N79, N85, N86, N96, Nokia E7, Nokia 500, 600, 603, 700, 701, 808, 5530, 5230, 5233, 5235, 5320, 5630, 5700, 5730, 5800, 6110, 6120, 6121, 6124, 6210, 6220, 6700, 6720, 6730, 6290, Nokia E51, E52, E55, E63, E66, E71, E72, E73, E75, Nokia E5, E90 Communicator, Nokia N76, N81, N82, N95, Nokia 6650 fold, Nokia 6710 Navigator, Nokia 6760 Slide, Nokia 6790 Surge,
Samsung SGH-G810, Samsung GT-i8510, Samsung i8910 Omnia HD, Samsung SGH-iNNN, Samsung SGH-L870, Samsung GT-I7110, Sony Ericsson Satio, Sony Ericsson Vivaz and Pro.