WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging client on the planet with over a billion users, and dedicated apps on all major mobile platforms.
WhatsApp has announced that it’s going to end its support for a number of mobile platforms by the end of this year, including Blackberry (BlackBerry 10 included), Android 2.1/2.2, Windows Phone 7 and Nokia’s Symbian platform.
The company mentioned when they launched in 2009, a majority of smartphones shipped with BlackBerry and Nokia’s Symbian operating system. However, things have changed now in 2016 where Nokia doesn’t even exist and BlackBerry fails to make it to the top three mobile operating systems. Thing which is the most surprising is that the company dropped support for the latest BlackBerry 10 operating system as well.
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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
This makes sense as the operating systems being discontinued are hardly used globally, and dedicating resources on them could be used to improve the product on other mobile platforms.