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WhatsApp has confirmed that its messaging service will cease to work on a number of smartphones later this year.
From November 1st, many older models will no longer be able to support WhatsApp, which uses the internet so people can send messages and photos to friends for free.
But from 1st November, 43 smartphone models will no longer have access to the app’s ability to send encrypted messages, snaps or video calls.
If you find yourself using a phone that runs on software such as Android 4.0.4, or earlier, or iOS 9, now is the time to consider an upgrade.
If you’re a technophobe who is uncertain what your phone runs on, here is a list of models which may not be able to use WhatsApp from November onwards.
With Black Friday just around the corner, it may be worth seeing if you can grab a slick new model at a discount.
WhatsApp has had a considerable update over the last year, having introduced ‘disappearing messages’ into its services.
This feature can be activated on group chats by enabling the "disappearing messages" feature in the chat's 'Group info'.
After enabling this option, users will be able to select the message expiration time – perfect if you’re prone to sending a risky text or two.
In other recent tech news, over 100 new emojis have been unveiled, set to be launched in a new update. Unicode Consortium, the company that approves the picture emoticons for use, has included over 100 new emojis that are set to hit devices next year.
The new emojis, posted by Emojipedia in honour of World Emoji Day, are among some of the most inclusive we’ve seen yet, catering for the wide spectrum of genders and all races to make emojis increasingly accessible.
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