WhatsApp to discontinue BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone support on December 31

Alicia Guzman
December 28, 2017

WhatsApp is dropping support for a number of outdated platforms in a bid to focus on iOS and Android - mobile platforms used by a majority of users out there.

However, as of January 1, you will not be able to use the app if you're using the Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 operating systems, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older. Oh, and WhatsApp claims its app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time for that upgrade.

"These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future", the messaging app stated.

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WhatsApp, which is owned by technology giant Facebook, withdrew its support for Nokia Symbian S60 in June.

"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone to continue using WhatsApp", a blogpost on its website read.

Over the past few months, WhatsApp has added a handful of new features, including the ability to delete WhatsApp messages, real-time location sharing, and much more. Blackberry 10 was its ambitious replacement which failed to give iOS and Android a run for its money and was eventually forgotten by Blackberry themselves.

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WhatsApp has confirmed that it will cease to operate on certain phones in the New Year. However users should still be able to use WhatsApp on these platforms after the cut-off date.

If you're a BlackBerry user and want to stick with the company, you can move to any Android-powered BlackBerry device to continue using the app. However, it does provide the option to send a person's chat history attached to an email, and provided instruction links on its web page. BlackBerry OS has been around for over two decades now, running on devices like BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve, and was succeeded by BlackBerry 10 in 2013.

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