WhatsApp is dropping support for older smartphones

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It might be time to get a new smartphone.
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WhatsApp is dropping support for older smartphones that aren’t compatible with its latest features. At least one generation of iPhone, alongside older versions of Android and Windows Phone, will no longer be able to use the service at the end of the year.

Over the past 12 months, WhatsApp has introduced a bunch of killer features that make the platform even more essential — including voice and video calling, end-to-end encryption, and support for bold and italic text.

But some of these features don’t work on older devices. Now WhatsApp is planning to phase out support for those handsets so that it can focus its efforts on improving its service for devices that are capable of accessing them all.

At least one generation of iPhone — iPhone 3GS — will be affected by the purge. WhatsApp is also dropping support for iOS 6, so iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, and iPhone 5 handsets that are yet to be updated to iOS 7 will also be unable to use the service.

Support is also being dropped for phones and tablets running Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7 by the end of the year. BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 devices will lose support next June.

If you’ve been clinging onto an iPhone 3GS for the nostalgic value, then, it might be time to put a new smartphone on your Christmas wish list.

Via: Daily Mail