WhatsApp says goodbye to several old mobile operating systems.
The Facebook-owned chat app announced plans to end support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and earlier, and Nokia S40 on December 31. Users of these platforms can no longer create new accounts or recheck existing accounts. After December 31st, the app will stop working on these platforms altogether.
WhatsApp said it also plans to ditch Android versions 2.3.7 and earlier, but not until February 1, 2020.
“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities that we need to expand the functionality of our app in the future,” WhatsApp explained. “If you are using any of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer version of the operating system, or to a newer version of Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue to use WhatsApp. “
WhatsApp does not offer the option to transfer your chat history between platforms, so when you install the app on a new device and verify your phone number, you will start from scratch. You can however send your chat history by email; for instructions on how to do this, see WhatsApp Faq.
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WhatsApp has also previously discontinued support for Android versions prior to 2.3.3, Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS / iOS 6, and Nokia Symbian S60.
Meanwhile, BlackBerry announced earlier this month that it intends to close its BlackBerry World app store on December 31, 2019. Prior to that, the BlackBerry Travel site will cease in February 2018 and the Playbook video calling service of the company will end in March 2018. These impending shutdowns aren’t too shocking, given that BlackBerry hasn’t made a BB10 or BSOS device since 2015.
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