As the smartphone market has been evolved with the majority of Android and iOS devices, WhatsApp is set to kill its support for BlackBerry 10 and Nokia platforms. The new development will emerge some time by the end of 2016.
WhatsApp originally had its presence on a vast range of mobile devices. But the Facebook-owned company is now in plans to streamline its support. “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,” the company says in a blog post.
With the new announcement, WhatsApp will leave BlackBerry platforms including the latest BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1.
WhatsApp hasn’t revealed whether it will remove its apps from the respective app stores or will no longer offer future updates to the existing versions. But one thing is quite clear that WhatsApp will now be available only for devices that run on at least Android 2.3, iOS and Windows Phone 8.1.
Interestingly, the new development will not just affect some old BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Phone devices but will also bring a noticeable change for some WhatsApp-focused Nokia Asha phones.
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” the company explains.
If you’re still using a BlackBerry 10 device or a Nokia S40 or Symbian S60 phone, WhatsApp is recommending you to simply upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone or Windows Phone before the year-end. This will enable you to continue use the instant messaging app as well as to experience many new features over your existing device.