WhatsApp is expected to put a stop to their support for BlackBerry phones including BB 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1b while newer versions of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile will continue to enjoy support from the App.
This decision is in line with the growth WhatsApp is going through and due to a change in its strategy, some operating systems will no longer be part of its journey.
“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,” WhatsApp explains in its announcement after the celebration of its 7th anniversary.
The company took advantage of the occasion to flashback to what it has achieved so far and think about what it plans to do next to help the company grow and to serve their millions of customers better.
“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,” said WhatsApp.
WhatsApp recalls their journey that started way back in 2009, there has been a lot of changes in the way people used their mobile devices when you compare it to what is trending now. A good percentage of smartphones sold then were from BlackBerry and Nokia, with their respective mobile operating systems.
Presently, Google, Apple and Microsoft mobile operating system which held only 25% back in 2009 now accounts for 99.5 percent of sales. These great changes drove the company to see the need to let go of the past and focus on the present and the future.
“The decision was a tough one 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. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp,” the company announced.