Messaging app tells BlackBerry users to move to Apple or Android
WhatsApp will no longer support older smartphones such as BlackBerry and Nokia after 2016, urging affected users to move to an Android, iOS or Windows Phone operating system.
The messaging app reached its seven-year anniversary last week, and took the opportunity to announce the changes, claiming that the “vast majority” of people now use at least one of the three major mobile operating systems, with others rapidly decreasing in popularity.
At the time of WhatsApp’s original launch, before being acquired by Facebook in 2014, BlackBerry and Nokia accounted for 70 per cent of smartphone sales, with Google, Apple and Microsoft selling to less than 25 per cent of the market. Now, those latter three providers account for 99.5 per cent of sales.
In an official blog post, the firm said: “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phones before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
The mobile platforms being dropped are BlackBerry – including BlackBerry 10 – Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1/Android 2.2 and Windows 7.1.