WhatsApp bids farewell to BlackBerry and Nokia
By 2017 WhatsApp will discontinue services on BlackBerry and Nokia devices running on its operating system
In the same week WhatsApp celebrated its seventh anniversary, it also announced by 2017 the messaging service will cease support for BlackBerry and Nokia devices running on the its operating system.
The Facebook-owned company announced in a blog post it will end its support for BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10 where the operating system last shipped on a new phone less than a year and a half ago.
Furthermore, support will also end for Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, 2.2 and it will no longer support Windows Phone 7.1.
The company announced in a blog post:
"When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App store was only a few months old. About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.
"Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5% of sales today - were on less than 25% of mobile devices sold at the time. 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.
"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."
WhatsApp suggested that users should upgrade their devices to a newer Android, iPhone or Windows Phone to use the service.