WhatsApp Phased Out Support for Older Operating Systems

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As the New Year starts, freeware and cross-platform instant messaging app WhatsApp have dropped support for various aging mobile phones. It claimed to have ditched support for Windows 8.0, Blackberry, and other older smartphones.

The developers of said platform said to not continue working on old operating systems in favor of focusing their resources on more well-known iOS and Android versions of WhatsApp.

A spokesman for the company wrote: “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.” He also said that for users using one of the affected devices, they are encouraging them to upgrade and reminded them that the app can only be activated using one device and on one phone number at a time. 

The spokesman said that although there is no option that allows transferring of the user’s chat history once they change to the new device, they can send to the user their chat history that will be linked to an email if they want to.

The application that allows sending of text messages and voice calls will also now come with a new ability to erase sent messages, either an individual chat or a group message. The company also claimed that this new feature will be useful if a user sent it to the wrong person or the message contains an error.