WhatsApp to withdraw support for Blackberry, Nokia and other devices this year

Last Updated: 29 February, 2016
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WhatsApp, the popular messaging service has announced that it will be ending support for several mobile platforms, including the BlackBerry 10 and all versions of BlackBerry OS by the end of 2016. Other mobile platforms include Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1.

Pointing to the specific problem with the soon to be demoted operating systems, WhatsApp said, “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,” the blog post added.

As for the company statement, Android and iOS had only 25% of market share when the messaging service was launched back in 2009, which was dominated by BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems with roughly a 70 percent share. But, those operating systems were faded, which is now conquered by Android and iOS, so they want to focus on these platforms.