WhatsApp has announced it will end support for Blackberry and some other older operating systems by the end of 2016.
The Facebook owned company confirmed that it will no longer support Blackberry, including the latest BB10 operating system, Windows Phone 7.1, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, as well as some older versions of Android – including 2.1 and 2.2.
However, WhatsApp will continue to offer support for Windows 10 Mobile and newer versions of Windows Phone.
“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”, the company said in a statement.
“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, it added.
The reality is that not many uses are likely to be affected by this. However, if you are using WhatsApp on one of the operating systems mentioned above, WhatsApp has some advice for you: upgrade to a new phone.
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