Whatsapp To Stop Services for BlackBerry and Nokia

  • Gayathri Mathivanan
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  • February 28, 2016, 8:02 PM

WhatsApp turned seven years old this week. WhatsApp has announced that it is dropping support for BlackBerry and Nokia platforms.

WhatsApp has confirmed that it will cease support for a number of platforms by the end of 2016, including both BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. The Facebook-owned business explained that these platforms don’t offer “the kind of capabilities” it needs to expand.

About 70% of Smartphone sold during that time had either Blackberry or Nokia based operating systems.

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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

“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 explained in an announcement posted to the WhatsApp blog.

“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.”

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