WhatsApp has definitely ended 2017 on a high becoming a complete platform for businesses. However, for some, the end of 2017 spells the end of WhatsApp support. The highly used messaging platform announced in June that it was cutting the cord for Blackberry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 by December 31, 2017. Hence users of these OS won’t be able to use the service anymore after 6 days.
There’s a bunch of other phones that are still next on the list. The Nokia S40, for example, will run out of support after the end of 2018. Moving ahead, phones running Android 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread) will be stopped from February 1, 2020. While Nokia phones running Symbian S60 ran out of WhatsApp support at the end of June this year. If you do want to access the WhatsApp blog post, we will leave a link to it here. Yet Android version 2.1, 2.2 and iOS 6 were also cut off from the WhatsApp list in 2016.
Emphasizing the deadline, We’re not thinking WhatsApp will extend it any further this time around. So, if anyone using these versions relies heavily on WhatsApp might have to switch to another phone.
Meanwhile, cutting-edge features that have just been introduced on the platform include verified profiles for businesses. Also, a dedicated app for businesses to contact customers has been introduced this year. The best is yet to come as WhatsApp is working to introduce a mobile payments system soon. We expected the feature to debut in 2017. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait for New Year celebrations to see it.