Tag: Nokia

WhatsApp to end support for older mobile devices

WhatsApp on older mobile devices

Earlier this week WhatsApp has turned 7 years old, which is really great. But as time goes on, WhatsApp needs to look back at how mobile devices looked different from today’s mobile devices. When WhatsApp was first released on the iOS App Store the App Store was only a few months old. About 70% of smartphones sold that time were by Blackberry and Nokia. But now, iOS, Android and Windows (Phone) are dominating today’s mobile market, and Blackberry and Nokia devices are having very little market share now.

WhatsApp will be discontinuing support for the following platforms by the end of 2016.

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

You can see how Android 2.1, 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 also made it in the list. But these versions are really old now and are hardly getting any market share. For example in Android, most people are on 4.x and 5.x right now. So it doesn’t really matter.

WhatsApp also says that these devices don’t have the capabilities they need to expand the app’s features in the future,¬†which is a common practice for software developers.

Source: WhatsApp Blog

Nokia unveils the Nokia N1 Tablet

Months after Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices division and shifting it to Microsoft Lumia, the “Nokia Nokia” has came up with a new tablet called the N1.

For starters it looks like a complete copy of the iPad mini, but without the Apple stuff.

The Nokia team has designed the hardware and software, but Foxconn is going to do the manufacturing. For those unfamiliar with Foxconn, they also manufacture Apple products as well as Xbox, PlayStation etc.

The specs seem pretty impressive. It is powered by a quad core Intel Atom 64 bit processor, with a PowerVR G6430 GPU clocked at 533 MHz, 2 GB RAM and what’s really interesting is that it’s one of the first consumer products to use a USB Type C connector, which is reversible (hint hint, Lightning). It is powered by Android Lollipop 5.0 with Nokia’s Z Launcher on top.

The device will start being sold in China on Chinese New Year day with other markets to follow after.

More details visit http://n1.nokia.com/en