WhatsApp To Limit It’s Support For BlackBerry

by Praneeth Karnena 0

WhatsApp is going to limit its support for BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian, Windows Version 7.1, Android 2.1 (Eclair) and 2.2 (Froyo) including some outdated versions by the end of 2016. Whatsapp Messenger, owned by the facebook is widely used social networking messenger app next to facebook by billions of people throughout the world. Among all these Blackberry OS 10 is the most effective one but it will work on BlackBerry new smart mobiles which works on Android.

Blackberry CEO
Blackberry CEO

When it launched WhatsApp in 2009, the market was very complex. Android and iOS only worked on less than 25 percent of the devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems dominated the market with roughly a 70 percent share. Dropping support is a bleak reminder of the change in the two companies fortunes.The spokesmen said it wanted to focus development “on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use”. The official said earlier in January 2016 “We are also planning version 10.3.4 for later this year with even more security improvements”.

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However, the operating system has failed to gain traction with smartphone users and now accounts for less than 1% of the market. There had been speculation that the handset-maker would wind down support for Blackberry 10 after it released a smartphone running Android, and closed its “Built for Blackberry” program for app developers.  Most of the operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices. The exception is Blackberry 10, which was launched in January 2013 and is still being developed by Blackberry. The firm has insisted that  “We’re not abandoning the loyal customers who have contributed to our success”. While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities so there is no need to expand the app’s features in the future. In today tech world, 99.5% of the sales are accounted for Microsoft, Apple, Google.

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Here are the list of Operating Systems that are yet to be dropped by the WhatsApp:

  • Android 2.1 (Eclair) and Android 2.2(Froyo)
  • Blackberry OS 7 and earlier
  • Blackberry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Windows Phone 7.1
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