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There’s some very good and bad news for WhatsApp users.
The Facebook-owned messaging service is looking set to release a swathe of new features in the coming months including a new Dark Mode.
However, whilst some users will get access to an even better WhatsApp experience, it seems millions will now struggle to access their accounts.
WhatsApp revealed recently that it was stopping support for many older devices, stating: “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.”
The initial 2016 block was extended to 2020 but now it seems some iPhone owners are being hit by the support issues now.
In an update to their support page, WhatsApp says: “WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 8 or later. On iOS 7.1.2, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts.
“If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 7.1.2 device, you will be able to use it until February 1, 2020. iOS 6 and older are no longer supported.
“For the best experience, we recommend you use the latest version of iOS available for your phone. Please visit the Apple Support website to learn how to update your iPhone’s software.’
Along with Dark Mode it’s also thought WhatsApp will get better integration with Android 9 Pie.
According to Android Police, the update will allow users to view content, such as photos, within a message without having to open the app.
Android Police has a screenshot which shows how the notification will expand and collapse to show the picture.
It’s unclear when these updates are arriving but, with them in the test phase, expect some news soon.