WhatsApp releases two new features & claims no access to these devices after December 31

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Whatsapp has released two new features for its Android phone users. The new features were available for beta  in the previous app but now they are available to the general android users.

The first feature will allow WhatsApp users to watch a video while it’s downloading, like a streaming service. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to download the video to your device. The user will be able to start watching the video as soon as they click on the play button.

The second feature will let users convert short 6-seconds videos into GIF images and share it directly with their WhatsApp contacts. Last month, the instant messaging platform rolled out a new video calling feature which is still undergoing various updates and bug fixes.

No WhatsApp for these Android, iOS, Windows phones after December 31

The Facebook-owned company believes that the technology needed to incorporate the latest features and security within the app is not available on these operating systems. The blog post stated, “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.”

These are the operating systems that will not have access to Whatsapp after December 31:

  • BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1
  • iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
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