WhatsApp to end support for devices running BlackBerry and Nokia OSes by year-end
In a recently published blog post, Facebook-owned popular instant-messaging app WhatsApp has revealed that it has decided to end support for devices running the BlackBerry and Nokia mobile operating systems by the end of 2016.
Specifically, WhatsApp said in the blog post that it will stop supporting mobile devices powered by BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60, by the year-end. In addition, the company also said that it will also discontinue support for devices running Android OS versions 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone version 7.1.
About the reason behind the move to stop support for the mentioned operating systems, WhatsApp said that the key focus on the company will only on 99.5 percent of the addressable mobile market.
WhatsApp further added that the devices to which it plans to discontinue support by 2016-end do not offer the kind of capabilities which would potentially be required for utilizing the messaging app when its features are expanded in the future.
WhatsApp also said that dropping support to the mentioned devices 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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