WhatsApp is about to STOP working on these phones – is it time for an upgrade?

WHATSAPP will no longer be supported on a number of mobile phones from December – but there’s no need to panic, it is a great time to upgrade your smartphone.

Some WhatsApp users could be in for a shock later this year when the hugely-successful messaging app stops working on their devices.Earlier this year, the Facebook-owned firm revealed Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 would no longer be compatible with the app.

That’s not particularly surprisingly. But in the same blog post, the cross-platform messenger confirmed it would also be dropping support for all BlackBerry devices.That includes BlackBerry 10, the Canadian technology firm’s latest mobile operating system

In a statement posted on the company blog, WhatsApp wrote: “As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.

“So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on some mobile platforms”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 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”

If you own one of the devices listed above – do not panic.The smartphone market is brimming with cutting-edge new devices, and the next few months will see Samsung and Apple unveil their next-generation handsets.So, it’s a great time to upgrade your device. But what should you be looking out for?

Apple iPhone 7

When is it expected to launch?

  • Mid-September

What’s New?

iPhone 7 is rumoured to include a larger battery, faster A10 processor, hugely improved rear camera, water resistant design.Some whispers from the supply chain suggest Apple may ditch the industry-standard 3.5mm headphone port.A new colour scheme is also thought to be coming to the iPhone range, with the next smartphone expected to be available in a dark jet-back and blue variation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

When is it expected to launch?

  • August 2nd 2016
  • What’s New?The hugely-successful Galaxy Note series is back, as Samsung prepares to unveil a new Galaxy Note 7.The Galaxy Note 7, rumoured to be Samsung’s dearest handset to date, is expected to have a dual-curved 5.7in Quad-HD Super AMOLED display like the Galaxy S7 Edge.It is also expected to have an iris scanner, which will be used to unlock the device.Improved cameras and a lightening-fast Qualcomm SnapDragon processor are also expected to make the cut.
  • OnePlus 3

    When is it expected to launch?

    • Out Now

    What’s New?

    OnePlus’ range of smartphones has long been viewed as one of the best value smartphones money can buy.Now the Chinese firm is back with a new device – OnePlus 3.Packed inside the premium £329 aluminium beaut’ is the latest quad-core Qualcomm 820 processor, making the device over 30 per cent faster than previous OnePlus phones.

  • There’s also a glorious 5.5-inch AMOLED display and ceramic fingerprint sensor that unlocks the OnePlus 3 in under 0.3 secondsPhotography fans get a 16 megapixel rear camera and 8 megapixel front-facing selfie snapper which can take pictures automatically using its new Smile Capture feature.Finally, OnePlus has equipped their new phone with Dash Charge technology which fills the device with more than 60 per cent of juice in just 30 minutes.

    Anything Else?

    Along with Apple, Samsung and OnePlus we’re also expecting to see new devices from Google and Huawei before the end of the year.Motorola has also just revealed its new budget Moto G range and Sony’s Xperia X phones are also now on sale in the UK.

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