Back in June this year we saw WhatsApp discontinue its messaging service for the Nokia Symbian S60 mobile phone – they are now preparing to end support for a number of devices starting next week. If you own a smartphone operating on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 or older versions, the company will no longer cater to you after the 31st of December, 2017.
It is reported that the devices of the operating systems above are quite outdated. As well as this, software and hardware restriction create difficulties for WhatsApp when it comes to rolling out updates and new features and this is probably why the company wants to pull the plug. Consequently, this will cause some nuisance to a lot of users considering that the app has more than 1 billion daily users.
This means that there is definitely a handful of people who are using legacy smartphones. IB Times claims that most have purchased newer smartphone devices to continue using WhatsApp and that this may not have a significant influence on the overall number of users.
WhatsApp’s blog post confirms that it will also discontinue messaging services on December 18, 2018, for Nokia S40 mobile phones followed by devices running on Android Gingerbread v2.3.7 on February 1, 2020. There may or may not be plans to cut ties on additional operating systems but there is nothing in black and white from the company as of yet.
Source: | WhatsApp |
Via: | International Business Times |