WhatsApp stops Support for BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 7.1 and Others

WhatsApp, in an announcement on their blog post, mentioned that they will stop the support of a few OSes (most are old OSes) from 2016. However, two of them are pretty new. In fact, I believe many are still using them. They are: BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 7.1.

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This is an excerpt from WhatsApp’s blog post: –

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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following platforms:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

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.

The latest Blackberry Priv is on Android OS and therefore not affected. As for Windows, they have moved from Windows Phone 7 to Windows 8 some time ago. However, I am sure many are still using Windows 7. Hopefully, WhatsApp can support Microsoft’s future OS, Windows Mobile 10.

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