When’s the moment when you truly feel like you’re getting old? When the norm that you’re used to is actually disappearing.
I mean, you can totally feel it when analogue TV, the pre-Netflix era entertainment that us 90s kids are used to, has decided to say goodbye to us after bringing us hits like 双天至尊 and Under One Roof.
Well, guess what? Analogue TV isn’t the only norm that we’re used to that’ll be gone.
Because another norm that we’re used to is moving on with the time.
(No, we’re not saying that it’s making way for Telegram, though kids nowadays might think so)
WhatsApp Going To Stop Working For Older Phone Models
According to online reports, WhatsApp has stopped working on several Nokia models on 31 Dec 2018.
I know what you’re thinking.
What is Nokia? Can eat one or not?
That’s not all though.
WhatsApp announced that they’re going to stop supporting iPhones running on iOS 7 from 1 Feb 2020.
And it’s not just iOS.
Android phones running 2.3.7 or older will not be able to run WhatsApp after 1 Feb 2020 as well.
Whatsapp said that it’s a difficult decision to make. However, to optimise the service delivery they can give to their users, they had to do it.
“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.”
But then again, this only applies if you’re someone who’s desperately holding on to the 12GB data plan and absolutely refuses to recontract and change your phone.
If not, you’re pretty safe.
After all, if you’re still using iOS7 or Android 2.3.7, you most probably can’t use many of the more popular apps nowadays.
Of course, if you just got done teaching your parents how to WhatsApp, it might be a good idea to teach them another app, or just get them a new phone.
New Features Coming Onto WhatsApp
Now, since we’re on the topic of WhatsApp, they have a couple of new features that might interest you.
A long time ago, we wrote about WhatsApp dark mode. Now three months later, online media reported that the dark mode will likely be available in WhatsApp in Jan 2019.
Don’t lie. Most of us probably used WhatsApp even in darkness.
With the dark mode, you’ll be able to set the colour of your WhatsApp app to something that’s easier on your eyes in the dark.
You Can Also Avoid Blue-Ticking Other People
Also, the days of sending media via WhatsApp to avoid being “blue-ticked” is a thing of the past.
WhatsApp is also rolling out a new feature which allows you to preview media files from your notification bar.
Call the Media Preview function, you can swipe down on the message in your notification bar to preview the media without going into your WhatsApp.
Continuous Playing of Voice Messages
Current situation: your friend sends you three voice messages. Supposedly, it’s a love confession in the form of a (badly-sung) song.
To listen to all three, you’ll have to play the files separately.
But with the continuously playing of voice messages, WhatsApp will automatically play all three voice messages one after another.
So you’ll have a chain of (mostly) unbroken bad singing.
This feature was spotted on the WhatsApp beta for iOS (v 2.18.100) and Android Beta version (v 2.18.362).
But really, WhatsApp is not the “in” thing anymore.
Now, it’s Telegram. If you’re on the platform, remember to check us out at @goodyfeedsg where we provide you with entertaining and interesting articles and videos daily!
(Okay, I’ve got to admit: this is the first time we’re promoting our Telegram channel because our wise boss says this: “Focus is the key to success. We should all focus on promoting one platform first, and no, it’s not our app. It’s SMS.” That’s why we’ve got so little subscribers in our Telegram, so join us leh)