WhatsApp users still on handsets running the aging BlackBerry operating system and Nokia S40 and S60 platforms will not be able to use the popular messaging service after June 30. The Facebook-owned company will officially end the Nokia Symbian software and the BlackBerry operating system. at the beginning of July. This comes after WhatsApp delayed end of support for them for six months, from December 2016 to June 2017. The reason WhatsApp removed support for older Nokia and BlackBerry phones is that they lack the capabilities. needed to add new features. in the app.
The most widely used instant messaging app announced last year that it would drop support for a few platforms. The company then extended support until June 2017, after BlackBerry expressed disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to ditch the platform. Support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 was discontinued by WhatsApp in December of last year.
In his support page, WhatsApp explains: “These platforms [Nokia S40, S60, and BlackBerry OS] do not offer the kind of functionality that we need to extend the functionality of our application in the future. 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 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue to use WhatsApp. “
Interestingly, the lack of support for older Nokia Symbian phones is the reason why WhatsApp will not work on the new Nokia 3310 phone. The Facebook-owned company has indicated that anyone who has the aforementioned older platforms and wants to continue to chat with friends via WhatsApp will need to upgrade to a newer operating system or a new device.
WhatsApp also clarifies that currently there is no way for users to transfer your chat history between platforms, although the company will provide the option to send your chat history as an attachment to an e- mail, if users request it. You can go to the WhatsApp support page to understand the steps.
WhatsApp previously pointed out how much the market has changed over the years since WhatsApp launched in 2009. Recapping the market, the messaging service said that in 2009, both Android and iOS platforms were running under 25 % of devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia were working. systems dominated the market with around 70 percent of the share. WhatsApp’s decision to unplug Symbian and BlackBerry, however, recaps how the platforms have lost popularity.