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Like Symbian WhatsApp Pulls The Plug On Old Blackberry and Windows Devices

WhatsApp to stop working on some phones from Dec 31 5 things you must know Like Symbian WhatsApp Pulls The Plug On Old Blackberry and Windows Devices
Jay Anderson | 28 December, 2017, 01:19

Just in case you had forgotten, WhatsApp will be dropping support for devices running on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 and older devices on December 31, 2017. The company ended support for Nokia Symbian S60 devices in June. Blackberry OS is an extremely dated operating system (released in 1999) that powered legendary smartphones such as the Blackberry Bold. According to an FAQ page, the Facebook-owned messaging app won't support Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, or Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017.

As of now, users still running these operating systems can not open new WhatsApp accounts or re-verify old accounts.

What this means is that WhatsApp will no longer actively develop its app for the aforementioned operating systems.

"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", the company's blog post said. Starting next year, you will not be able to use WhatsApp on these platforms.

WhatsApp is probably the most popular messaging app right now.




WhatsApp's advice to those who have one of the affected smartphones but want to continue using the service is simply to buy an upgraded device.

Support for the Nokia S40 will also stop after December 31 next year, while Android versions 2.3.7 and older will cease to function from February 1, 2020. While the app still works on newer Windows Phones, those users still have to reckon with the fact that Microsoft isn't too interested in updating its mobile platform.

Soon it will be 2018, and WhatsApp will make good its promise to stop support for BlackBerry OS and Windows Phones.

WhatsApp is dropping support for a number of outdated platforms in a bid to focus on iOS and Android - mobile platforms used by a majority of users out there.

There still are quite a few Windows Phone 8.0 users, though, refusing to give up the sturdy Nokia hardware and Windows OS.

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