Most of you out there don't have to worry about this change since it affects handsets that not too many people are currently using. For example, iOS 6 is the last version of Apple's mobile OS that runs the Apple iPhone 3GS. And Android 2.2 was the last version of the mobile OS used by the Motorola DROID. Notice any iPhone 3GS users around lately? Any one you know still toting the DROID, which launched in 2009?
Some of the operating systems that were supposed to lose WhatsApp support at the end of 2016 have received a reprieve for a few additional months. BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerryOS powered handsets were supposed to lose WhatsApp support yesterday. Now, the messaging app will continue to run on BlackBerry models using these operating systems through June 30th, 2017. Support has also been extended through that date for the Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 operating systems.
It's amazing how things have changed. When WhatsApp was launched in 2009, 70% of the smartphones in use were running BlackBerry and Nokia branded software. Android, Windows and iOS accounted for 25% of smartphones in use back then. Today, 99.5% of intelligent handsets in use are powered by iOS, Android and Windows.
WhatsApp, which was purchased by Facebook in October 2014 for $21 billion, says that it is dropping support for the older operating systems because "they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future." If you are affected by WhatsApp's decision, the messaging app suggests that you buy a new iPhone, Android Phone or Windows Phone.