The messaging service WhatsApp has said to be discontinuing support for BlackBerry and Nokia mobile operating systems by 2017. The announcement comes as the platform celebrates seventh anniversary of its existence equipped with one billion active users earlier this month.
The messaging app has a bright future as its parent company has started integrating some of its services into the Facebook app for greater exposure to newer users.
BlackBerry rolled out its latest BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system on new phone about a year ago.
The affected platforms include BlackBerry OS, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7.1, Android 2.1 Eclair and also the Android 2.2 Froyo.
However, there is nothing to worry for the Nokia and Windows users as Microsoft has abandoned support for Windows Phone 7.1 long ago and the other one has been defunct for several years now. More to this, the global market share for these platforms is absolutely not significant. The market share for BB OS has declined steadily too over past few years.
Recently Google revealed the Android Distribution number for Froyo is just 0.1 percent compared to the entire base and Eclair on its part didn’t even register.
It may sound sad to stop support for any platform, but the WhatsApp team has supported these older operating systems for long.
Meanwhile, no specific date has been announced by WhatsApp about the discontinuing of supports. So, it is assumed the end of 2016 would see the last send or receive messages on the platforms.