WhatsApp will stop working on millions of phones by end of 2016

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New year is at the door, and this announcement by WhatsApp may force you to abandon your Christmas/new year holiday plans and buy yourself a new phone instead.

The most popular messaging service celebrated its 7th anniversary last week, but today announced that it would be ending support to several devices – including ones running Windows Phone 7.

WhatsApp was launched in 2009 and supported several operating systems. While some have seen rigorous upgrades, others never saw the next device. So here is the list of devices that will not be able to run the WhatsApp application after as year ends – Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

“The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.”, WhatsApp said in a blog post.

Though BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 were originally a part of the list, WhatsApp later said it will be supporting these operating systems until June 30, 2017.

Many of the new applications require latest OS versions and as more and more things depend on the digital framework like shopping, banking and ticketing, it is anyways a need of time to upgrade to a new device.

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