Soon Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp will end support for the various Operating Systems such as Nokia’s popular Symbian OS, BlackBerry, Android smartphones and iPhone 3GS from 1.1.2017. Though these mobile devices have been an important part of their story, as now they don’t offer the kind of capabilities.
These Smartphones To Lose WhatsApp Support By End Of This Year
WhatsApp is one of the most used instant messaging services around the world, competing primarily against its rival Telegram, hence it proceeds much success. As described in its blog, when WhatsApp began their wanderings in 2009, the mobile ecosystem was very different: at that time about 70 percent of smartphones were sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.
Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp had announced that soon it will end support for the various Operating Systems from 2017, including the Nokia’s popular Symbian OS and BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, as the reasons are more predictable: today 99% of people do not use these operating systems. Hence, to maintain support and updates for them are just waste of money by WhatsApp, so at the end of 2016, WhatsApp will stop working on them.
In figures, Android 2.2 Froyo occupied only 0.1% of all Android devices on the market last January, while Symbian operating system died in May 2014. BlackBerry has already taken the step to fabricate devices with Android and Windows Phone has already reached its version 10, leaving obsolete so your older version 7.1.
The solution is obvious: upgrade to the king of today’s operating systems: Android, iOS or Windows Phone. The cheapest solution is certainly Android because you can get a phone at the full version for less than Rs.5,000 (less than $100). No doubt, Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp will maintain them for many years yet. Obviously, this is not bad news for WhatsApp, which recently reached one billion users, earning 100 million in just the last 4 months.
But, this does not mean that WhatsApp will stop working overnight on your old mobile, basically, it will end support for WhatsApp Messenger on the mobile platforms such as BlackBerry (including BlackBerry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1 and iPhone, as WhatsApp haven’t made any fundamental changes to its communication protocol. While these mobile devices have been played an important part of their story, as now they don’t offer the kind of capabilities.
So here is the list of Smartphones that won’t get anymore support from WhatsApp from 1.1.2017:-
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6