London: Popular social media platform WhatsApp in a statement issued on Monday said it will stop support from December 31 for some of the smartphones which are using older versions of Operating System (OS).
Some of the phones listed by the Facebook owned social media site include 'BlackBerry OS', 'BlackBerry 10', 'Windows Phone 8.0' and older platforms, according to express.co.uk.
"We will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time," WhatsApp said.
"These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp," the company added.
WhatsApp said that it will not work on 'Nokia S40' after December 2018. Also, the app will stop functioning correctly on Android OS version 2.3.7 and older, after February 1, 2020.
WhatsApp first announced about these outdated mobile platforms in year 2016. It said that it will end support for these mobile platforms. However, it later updated its blog stating that it extended its deadline to June 30, 2017. This deadline was further updated to December 31, 2017.
It is to be noted that all these are dead platforms that are used by an extremely small subset of users. Therefore for the majority of users, December 31 will come and go without any inconvenience whatsoever.
The major problem however might come after February 1, 2020 when WhatsApp will pull the plug from Android versions older than 2.3.7. Hopefully by then Android Gingerbread will be nothing but a faded memory. Although with Android's abysmal update rate that seems unlikely.