WhatsApp ends support for BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone

Andrew Cunningham

What this means is that WhatsApp will no longer actively develop its app for the aforementioned operating systems. The WhatsApp blog post with end-of-life dates clearly mentions that users of BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older operating systems will not be able to use the app after December 31, 2017 - less than a week from now. The company also expressed its wish of focusing more on the mobile platforms used by most people.

"By offering to use middle finger emoji in your app, you (WhatsApp) are directly abetting the use of offensive, lewd, obscene gesture", Singh stated in the legal notice to WhatsApp.

However, over the years the app has become more than just a messenger and now WhatsApp will not be working on older devices from Blackberry and Windows platforms.

"For the following platforms, you can no longer create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts", said WhatsApp.

For BlackBerry users, it is recommended that they switch to an Android-powered BlackBerry device to keep getting WhatsApp updates, whereas Windows Phone users can upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile devices, although it may be a good time for them to switch to Android or iOS.

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The cutting of support for Nokia's Symbian OS and BlackBerry OS and 10 is symbolic of how fortunes have changed for two former smartphone leaders. The WhatsApp support for the newer Android phones by the company will still be provided in the future.

However, support for Nokia S40 will continue until December 31 2018, while Android versions 2.3.7 and older will continue until February 1, 2020, the company announced on the FAQ page.

There still are quite a few Windows Phone 8.0 users, though, refusing to give up the sturdy Nokia hardware and Windows OS.

One small issue with switching away from these abandoned apps is that WhatsApp doesn't offer any ability to transfer message history across platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email.

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