WhatsApp will ditch Blackberry OS and Windows Phone by New Year's


Come 2018, older BlackBerry and Windows phones will not be able to use WhatsApp as the company has made a decision to cease support for some older mobile operating systems.

From December 31st, the popular instant messaging service, which has over two billion users worldwide, will end support for BlackBerry OS (including the latest BlackBerry 10 service) and versions of Windows Phone. But, it seems older platforms don't boast the "capabilities" the company needs to expand its functions going forward. The company ended support for Nokia Symbian S60 devices in June.

Android versions 2.3.7 and older will be unable to use WhatsApp on February 1, 2020.

WhatsApp has confirmed that it will cease to operate on certain phones in the New Year. WhatsApp recently rolled out several new features, like delete messages, picture-in-picture feature, etc. for both platforms. Then be prepared to switch to Android or iOS in 2018. If WhatsApp is your go to messaging app, you might want to consider a new device.

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"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp", the blog post added.

'Keep in mind that WhatsApp can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time. However, it does provide the option to send a person's chat history attached to an email, and provided instruction links on its web page. Meanwhile, Windows Phone users on 8.1 or above needn't worry about a thing (well, apart from Microsoft turning its back on the OS, along with Windows Mobile 10).

Windows phone users will have no problem with the app as long as they have the newer operating systems.

The slimming down of platforms and services is set to continue after Blackberry and Windows 8.0.