WhatsApp users could be in for a shock later this month as the world’s most popular messaging service ends support on a number of smartphones.
The Facebook-owned company originally warned users of some iPhones, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia devices that WhatsApp would stop working in December 2016.
But they then had a change of heart with a blog post confirming that WhatsApp was “extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 2017.”
Sadly for owners of those devices the time has come to wave goodbye to WhatsApp as, from June 30th, it will no longer work.
WhatsApp understands the news won’t go down well for many users saying: “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
“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 before the end of June 2017 to continue using WhatsApp.”
The news of the block comes as WhatsApp is enjoying enormous success with its video call functionality.
WhatsApp users are spending more time than ever before using the app’s video call feature, the hugely-popular messenger has confirmed.
The Facebook-owned app’s 1.2 billion monthly active users are spending more than 340 million minutes each day making a staggering 55 million video calls, it announced.
That’s not bad, especially since the ability to make and receive video calls inside the app has only been available for the last six months.
It’s surge in popularity is a testament to WhatsApp’s overall popularity, as well as how important the addition of the feature was to begin with.
To mark its impressive new milestone, WhatsApp has updated its Android app to make video calls more prominent within the user interface.
In other news, WhatsApp could be about to add stickers to its hugely-popular messaging app.
The Facebook-owned chat app could follow in the footsteps of the social network’s own Messenger app, which introduced stickers on Android and iOS back in April 2013.
Renown tipster WABetaInfo has published screenshots from the latest beta, which reveals sticker sets with a very similar design to those used in Facebook Messenger.
Stickers are detailed cartoon drawings, typically larger and more elaborate than emoji.
Facebook has made a number of changes to its stickers since the format first launched some four years ago.
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