WhatsApp to cut support for BlackBerry, Nokia by 2017

WhatsApp has announced that it end support for BlackBerry, Nokia, and other older operating systems by the end of the year. — file pic
WhatsApp has announced that it end support for BlackBerry, Nokia, and other older operating systems by the end of the year. — file pic

NEW YORK, Feb 28 — WhatsApp has announced that it will cease to support a number of operating systems by the end of year, including that of BlackBerry and Nokia devices.

The Facebook-owned company has revealed it will no longer support BlackBerry (including BlackBerry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2 or Windows Phone 7.1 by the end of this year.

A statement by the company as reported by The Tech Portal reads: “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 per cent 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 per cent of sales today — were on less than 25 per cent 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.”  

According to the site, the company didn’t indicate if it will remove its software from the respective app stores or if it would just stop updating the app. 

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