WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging platform, boasting 1.5 billion regular users. The free app is one of the most secure available, due to the incorporation of end-to-end encryption. And another reason for WhatsApp’s enduring popularity is the regular introduction of new features, such as stickers and group calls.
However, a recent WhatsApp update has been less welcome, after leaving many users unable to access the service.
WhatsApp has ended support for the Nokia S40 platform in 2019, meaning many users are no unable to use its the popular messaging app.
This change is likely to prove potentially problematic for some people, especially older WhatsApp users who are not used to keeping up-to-date with the latest models.
And the change cold also be troublesome for low-income families.
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The last phone running the S40 platform was the Nokia 515, released in 2013.
Some time ago WhatsApp prevented these devices from registering with the service.
Phones that already had installed and verified their account could carry on accessing the service until December 31 but will no longer connect from January 1.
Those with the affected gadgets will now only be able to access WhatsApp by buying a new smartphone.
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WhatsApp said in a statement: “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.
“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp originally announced the news back in 2016 with a range of devices including BlackBerry, Windows phone and some Apple iPhones to be blocked later that year.
But the deadline was then extended for phones running Apple’s iOS 7 and Android versions 2.3.7, and these will now support WhatsApp until February 1, 2020.
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