Unless you’re in Uganda where using WhatsApp and other social media platforms attracts taxation, then you should be worried if you’re running a Windows phone.
Microsoft has stopped updates to some Windows phones especially the flagship models. To cement this worry, WhatsApp has announced that it will not be available on Windows phones whose operating systems are older than version 8.1.
While some of these phones may still be in stock in East Africa, it is good to be cautious if you need to purchase one.
At Microsoft’s online store, Windows phones are out of stock heralding the demise of these gadgets which were once the darling of many.
Windows phones were favoured because they did not come with the baggage of incessant updates like android based phones. And, it seems like even Microsoft has no more commitments left for Windows phones.
Already, some of the Windows phones have frozen some apps like Twitter and Facebook. These apps are not functioning and even restarting the phones will not revive them. Trying to reinstall them gives the user an error message meaning that there is no compatibility.
With Facebook having already frozen on Windows phones, WhatsApp will also freeze on some of these phones at some point.
Updates happen almost concurrently since Facebook founder Mark Elliot Zuckerberg acquired WhatsApp.
Lumia smartphones will no longer be coming out of Microsoft as the company has already ceased production.
The beloved Windows phones live tiles and reliability were some of the reasons they found favour among the users. The user experience has kept Windows phones lovers hooked to devices which the manufacturer has given up on. And so, the wait for your Windows phone’s slow death continues.
For those who prefer remaining connected even when travelling beyond their borders, the time for a replacement is now. WhatsApp makes connections easy regardless of jurisdictions and this will only become harder with the death of the app on Windows phones running version 8.1 or older.
WhatsApp has warned they only provide limited support to tablet users running Windows Phone 8.1, 10 and above. This support does not support Wi-Fi only devices meaning any device that does not have a phone capability especially the use of a SIM card.
The company says it supports all Windows Phones running Windows Phone 8.1 or later, and any Windows Phone able to receive SMS or calls during the verification process.
In an update on June 13, 2018, WhatsApp will not be available on Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018, Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020 and for iPhone iOS 7 and older after February 1, 2020.