WhatsApp will end support for BlackBerry, Windows, Symbian platforms by 2016 end

WhatsApp will end support for its app for BlackBerry devices including BlackBerry 10 by the end of 2016.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: February 29, 2016 12:10 pm
WhatsApp, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, WhatsApp Blackberry 10 support, WhatsApp support shut, Android, Windows, Nokia, smartphones, mobiles, technology, technology news WhatsApp will also do away with its Messenger for Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, smartphones with Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1.

WhatsApp will end support for for its app for BlackBerry devices including BlackBerry 10 by the end of 2016, the company announced in a blog post. The company will also do away with WhatsApp Messenger for Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, smartphones with Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1.

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The announcement was made soon after WhatsApp celebrated its seventh anniversary and recently crossed over 1 billion users worldwide. ” As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” it said.  WhatsApp is shutting down its support for these mobile devices as they no longer ‘offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future’, according to the  blog post .

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WhatsApp said that 70 per cent of the devices in 2009 (when WhatsApp Messenger was launched) had either a BlackBerry or Nokia OS but the scenario has completely changed now. “Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time,” it said.

Blackberry itself has dropped BB10 in favour of Android and this move from WhatsApp just makes it clear that there is no life for BB10 devices.

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WhatsApp recently announced a new update that brings eight tabs of emojis to WhatsApp Messenger instead of five. These include a tab with sports emojis, one with flags, bulbs and beverages. WhatsApp Android update with new emojis coming soon in India the new emojis include an upside down face, popcorn box, robot faces, a nerd face, an urn, turkey and even a middle finger emoji.

Also Read: WhatsApp Android update with new emojis coming soon in India

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    Tariq
    Jul 8, 2016 at 10:56 am
    Blackberry os10 is a very good operating system why u ruined this by removing whatsapp from this?
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      Tariq
      Jul 8, 2016 at 10:52 am
      I have blackberry porsche design p9983 bb os10.. Is it supported after 2016???
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        Heather
        Jul 29, 2016 at 4:18 pm
        Disgusted. So if I want to continue using What's app I will have to buy a new phone. Most of my contscts have Blackberry and they will now have to buy new phones just because what's app is ending the service
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          Nityananda
          Mar 1, 2016 at 7:28 am
          wrong headline only window phone7.1 support is ending not windows phone
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            muqeed
            Jul 7, 2016 at 9:15 pm
            Me and all of my friends use whatsapp in nokia qwerty keypads ike E63 E72 etc as we all find it easy to use on buttens and for battry packup. I request you please dont remove whatsapp from nokia symbian
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              Pug
              Feb 29, 2016 at 9:03 pm
              GIMMEE YOUR MONEEEEEE!
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                Pug
                Feb 29, 2016 at 9:10 pm
                SO WhatsApp have stated they won't show any interest in minorities,eh? ...I bet THAT would go down well at the Oscars!
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                  divyanshu
                  Jun 19, 2016 at 5:36 am
                  you should not end supporting to these os because there are also so many user who use symbian or other os
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