New Years Eve last Saturday was not only the end of the year 2016. It was also the end of WhatsApp for millions, when the app made changes which affected Windows, Android and iOS phones.
WhatsApp stopped working on millions of devices this week as the messaging giant phased out support for older phones. It was declared on the website of the app that older platforms can’t keep up anymore, and the app has features which have moved on.
Support for the following phones ceased on the 31st of December 2016: Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10, Nokia 240, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
The next day the company updated their announcement, saying that support for Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 would be extended up until the end of June 2017. Meaning that users of those devices have 6 more months more of usage.. before they are forced to buy new phones if they want to carry on using the messaging service.
The messenger app also bumped up their security in the past year, in a bid to stay relevant in today’s privacy conscious climate.
Despite claims to be the securest messenger on the market, WhatsApp has its flaws. The application claims to be end-to-end encrypted; although this may be true and phones which use the app use a private key generated on the device, the developers may still have a master key, meaning messages can be opened if and when necessary. As WhatsApp is a closed source, it’s hard to know for sure whether or not they do, but they make no mention of it anywhere.
Here at NOS Apps, we prefer to be open and honest with our users. Our messengers are end-to-end encrypted, and we guarantee that messages can only be read on sending and receiving devices. We don’t have a master key, we can’t read your messages, and neither do we want to. With BotherMe&U, LoveNotes or SelfieCheckr you can ensure your privacy will not be compromised.
Furthermore, WhatsApp’s allegiance with Facebook is something else to look out for. Facebook extracts and collects user data. Earlier this year the messaging app WhatsApp admitted that it would start to share phone numbers with its parent company. Read this blog to find out more.