​Popular social media messaging app WhatsApp will stop working on millions of smartphones by the end of 2016 unless they are upgraded, according to various media reports. On Saturday, Mirror reported, with more than one billion monthly users, WhatsApp, was phasing out compatibility with older phones in a technology upgrade.

A spokesperson from WhatsApp was quoted saying, “”While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they do not offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.” He further added that, seven years down the lane, they want to concentrate their efforts on the mobile platforms that vast majority of people use.Several older services would be discontinued in 2017, said the company.

The Manchester Evening News stated, for iPhone users, WhatsApp will stop working on any iPhone 3GS and will also stop being supported on any device running iOS 6.Users need to update to iOS 9.3 to use the service. On any first, second, third or fourth generation iPad that has not been updated, the service will be stopped.

After the year end, phones or tablets running on Android 2.1 or 2.2 operating system will not be supported.If users are still using Windows 7, then they will have to update the device as soon as possible in order to use the service, as WhatsApp will stop working on Windows 7 running devices.

Nevertheless, WhatsApp is extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.

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