As we all know that earlier this year WhatsApp announced that it would end support for several mobile operating systems including BlackBerry’s and Nokia’s operating systems. But now WhatsApp has confirmed that it will extend its support for BlackBerry platform. This will be quite a relief for BlackBerry users.
The company updated its support page and added,
“We will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms. BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60.”
WhatsApp Extends Support for BlackBerry and Nokia Till June 2017
However, WhatsApp confirmed that those users on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 along with Windows Phone 7 won’t be capable to use WhatsApp at the beginning of 2017. The messaging app will no more support iPhone 3GS or devices running iOS 6.
“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Window Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
WhatsApp notified that there is no choice to transfer chat history among platforms. Still the company can give chat history attached to an email, if requested by users.
The messaging service had earlier highlighted how much the market reformed in the years since WhatsApp was introduced in 2009. Previously, Android and iOS platforms were running on under 25% of the devices, whereas BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems ruled the market with approximately a 70 percent share. WhatsApp’s verdict to discontinue on Symbian and BlackBerry however outlines how the platforms have lost reputation.
The Canadian company articulated its displeasure when WhatsApp decided to end support for BlackBerry.