WhatsApp will end support for BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian by the end of 2016

WhatsApp wants to drop the support for many older phones, contending that they could hold back the application’s development. The declaration was made soon after WhatsApp commended its seventh aneversary and crossed over 1 billion users around the world.

WhatsApp Messenger, the broadly utilized Facebook-owned messaging application, will drop support for a few mobile operating system from 2017, including some obsolete offerings. The greatest of these is BlackBerry 10 OS, alongside backing for all other BlackBerry OS. Additionally on the list are Nokia’s Symbian S40 and Symbian S60 version mobiles, and the Android 2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo and Windows Phone 7.1 OS. BlackBerry sold 7 million phones in 2014, it means that at most tens of millions of phones will be affected by this decision.

The company also said that when the WhatsApp was launched back in 2009, the market was different. Apple iOS and Android only ran on less than 25 percent of the devices, while Nokia and Blackberry’s OS influenced the market with approximately 70 percent of share.

WhatsApp blog post announced, while these devices are significant pieces of their story, they don’t offer the support or kind of limits that are required for the developing the Whatsapp application.

“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,” the blog post added.

The organization said that those people still have these older phones ought to get newer before the end of the year.


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