Popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp has announced that it will be ending support for all versions of BlackBerry OS – including BlackBerry 10 – by the end of 2016.
Just in case you awaken at the brink of 2017 and find out your Whatsapp isn’t working anymore … this is why?
WhatsApp to kill off support for BlackBerry and Nokia platforms by 2017
Other platforms that will be removed from WhatsApp’s support list include Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1. WhatsApp says it wants to focus on platforms that the vast majority of people use.
Statement on Whatsapp Blog says:
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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
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.
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WhatsApp has confirmed that it will cease support for a number of platforms by the end of 2016, including both BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. The Facebook-owned business explained that these platforms don’t offer “the kind of capabilities” it needs to expand.