WhatsApp, A Popular mobile messaging service, announced it will drop support for all BlackBerry and Nokia devices by 2017 in order to push the Facebook-owned app’s growth.
WhatsApp will not be available on BlackBerry 10 which is the company’s latest operating system (OS) that was last shipped on a new phone less than a year and a half ago.
WhatsApp to discontinue on BlackBerry and Nokia devices by 2017
Other phones to be hit by the WhatsApp decision include Nokia S40 and the Nokia Symbian S60 as well as the older Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems will not be able to run whatsapp.
The company wrote in a blog post.
“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,”
The company recommended
“upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp”
Nearly one billion people across the world are using the popular app with 42 billion messages being exchanged daily.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had said in an earlier post.
“WhatsApp’s community has more than doubled since joining Facebook. We’ve added the ability for you to call loved ones far away. We’ve dropped the subscription fee and made WhatsApp completely free,”
Despite not being able to charge its hundreds of millions of users the annual fee, WhatsApp said it would not subject its users to advertisements.