WhatsApp is a global technological disruptor that has changed the way that consumers use cell phones. With the popularity of texting increasing considerably in recent years, the application has amassed almost half a billion users worldwide, effectively transforming communication.
The instant messaging application is now owned by social networking titan Facebook – a move that many tech experts have identified as Facebook’s way of becoming a dominant force in the world’s social networking arena and that has cemented its place at the forefront of companies that are improving the way that people communicate worldwide.
The company recently announced that it is set to drop support for Blackberry and older Android devices while it has also made a few changes to the app on current devices. After December 2016, WhatsApp will no longer support devices working on these systems:
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Windows Phone 7.1
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Blackberry handsets, including the Blackberry 10
It will however work on Blackberry’s first Android handset, the Blackberry PRIV.
WhatsApp has said that the move is designed “to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use”.
What can users expect from the new WhatsApp for Android?
The ability to send PDF documents in chats.
It will show your profile information at the top of the page, making it easier to change your profile photo and name details.
The data usage tab will allow you to see how data is being sent and received on your WhatsApp app.
There is a new menu called “Chats” which allows users to modify chat backups and chat histories.
The Help option has been modified to “About and Help”.
In order for WhatsApp for Android to function, the phone must have an Android operating system of 2.1 or above. It must also be able to receive SMSes or calls during the verification process.