WhatsApp will end support for BlackBerry, Nokia mobile platforms by 2016 end


Posted on : Mon, 29th Feb 16 07:37 am UTC
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WhatsApp turned 7 years old last week and had an important announcement for its worldwide users.
It is soon going to end the WhatsApp Messenger support for below mentioned mobile operating system platforms by the end of 2016.

  1. BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  2. Nokia S40
  3. Nokia Symbian S60
  4. Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  5. Windows Phone 7.1
Here are some important points from the blog post on their official site, (read the entire blog here - https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000617/WhatsApp-support-for-mobile-devices)
When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.
As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.
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.
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 before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

This may not be a pleasing news for users who are still comfortable with their old Nokia or BlackBerry devices. But if you want to continue using WhatsApp Messenger, better upgrade to one of the modern phone by the end of this year.

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