Popular communication application Whatsapp has announced that it will drop support for older mobile platforms by the end of 2016.
“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,” says the official WhatsApp blog.
WhatsApp Messenger will officially stop working on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6 at the end of 2016.
WhatsApp later agreed to extend support for only BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 but only until June 30, 2017.
“If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp,” adds the post.
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The company has decided to phase out support for older, outdated operating systems but Blackberry 10 remains the exception since it is one of the newer handsets. It was only released in January 2013 and is still being produced by Blackberry.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp has more than one billion monthly users and operates in 109 countries all over the world. It is currently one of the most popular messaging applications in Pakistan.