We all wonder why WhatsApp Messenger still works on platforms like Android 2.1 or Symbian S60, and how long it will take the app developer to stop supporting them.
Well it looks like the end is near as WhatsApp announced that by the end of 2016 it will end support for the following mobile platforms: BlackBerry (including BlackBerry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, as well as Windows Phone 7.1.
While the decision to end support for these near-dead operating systems makes sense, it’s surprising that WhatsApp won’t support the BlackBerry platform starting next year.
The reason could be the fact that BlackBerry suggested Many times over the past two months that it has no plans to launch any other BlackBerry 10 smartphones and will focus on Android devices.
“While these mobile devices have played an important role in our history, they do not offer the kind of functionality that we need to extend the functionality of our app in the future.
“It was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one to give people better ways to stay in touch with friends, family and loved ones using WhatsApp,” the team said in a statement. blog post.
Those affected are advised to upgrade to a newer device
According to the developers, those who still have smartphones powered by any of the previously mentioned mobile platforms should upgrade to a new Android, iPhone or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.
Unfortunately, few popular instant messengers still work on some of these outdated operating systems, but BlackBerry users will be able to quickly find alternatives.
BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) might be one of the options for those affected by the issue, but there are plenty of other apps for BlackBerry OS that will provide similar functionality to WhatsApp.