WhatsApp to continue supporting Nokia/Microsoft S40 phones till 2018
Update (June 2017) – WhatsApp has (again) revised the end-of-support timeline for older mobile platforms recently. In an update to “WhatsApp support for mobile devices” blog post, WhatsApp extended the deadline for all except Symbian S60. The newly declared end-of-support deadlines for various mobile platforms are as follows –
Nokia Symbian S60 – June 30, 2017 (no change) Blackberry OS and BB 10 – December 31, 2017 Windows Phone 8 and older – December 31, 2017 Nokia S40 – December 31, 2018 Android version 2.3.7 and older – February 1, 2020
Unfortunately Symbian S60 was not lucky this time – as declared earlier WhatsApp will stop working in these phones after 30 June, 2017. This may be because S40 is still under development and supported by Microsoft. But the same is not true about Symbian S60 – Microsoft has abandoned it long time back.
Following is the older post published in December 2016
Good news for older Nokia mobile phone users! WhatsApp has extended the deadline of ending support for Symbian S60/S40 (and Blackberry) for another 6 months. Which means you can continue using the popular messenger app in your Symbian S60/S40 phone until June 30, 2017. This information has been added recently (as an update) at the official WhatsApp Support for mobile devices blog post. This post was published back in February 2016 announcing the end of support for certain older mobile platforms on December 31, 2016.
There are still substantial number of users of such devices around the world (especially in developing countries) and WhatsApp does not want to lose them after all. The earlier announcement of year-end deadline was a strategy to encourage old phone users to switch to newer phones. But things did not materialize as per their expectations forcing them to extend the deadline.
BlackBerry phones also get WhatsApp support
Besides Symbian, WhatsApp will also continue to support old BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 devices until June next year. So it is kind of a Christmas gift from team-WhatsApp to all Nokia (Symbian^3, Anna/Belle, S60v3, S60v5, S40, ASHA), BlackBerry phone users. These devices will also continue to get app updates until mid-2017 – do not expect Video calling though at these devices. However this decision does not apply to some other old mobile platforms like Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 (there is very little user base remaining of such devices). You may read this post to know about the latest version of WhatsApp for Symbian.