Facebook owned WhatsApp is the most popular instant messaging app for smartphones. The app is used by owners of varied smartphones, meaning also all operating systems available on the market. Unfortunately, WhatsApp announced that it will stop working on some operating systems, starting the 1st of January.
WhatsApp to focus on iOS and Android OS:
The company announced officially through a blog post the decision of focusing for the next seven years on the two most popular operating systems for smartphones: Android and iOS. This means that those using other operating systems such as BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 or Windows 8 and even older OS will have to think about a solution. Either they get a smartphone operating one of the two mentioned OS, or they find an alternative to WhatsApp. There are other instant messaging apps available such as Viber, Line etc.
WhatsApp has been rising since 2009
Ever since Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2009, the app has been increasing in popularity. This happened thanks to its cross platform, features available and end-to-end encryption.
The popular app started as an instant messaging platform and it gradually added features such as video calling, voice calling, file and photo sending, voice recording, location sharing and more. It has around a billion users and some of them are owners of older smartphones.
It might be time to buy a new smartphone
Cross-platform support was one of the reasons why the app became popular in the first place. Even so, the company announces that their decision is official. They called it a tough decision, but users need to keep up with new technology in order to improve security features. It is important to always use the newest updates of apps because they brings new features and improvements for older ones.