WhatsApp Inc. (the company) has announced that its cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows users to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS, WhatsApp Messenger, will no longer work on BlackBerry – including BlackBerry 10 – by the end of 2016.
This rather shocking move was made last week as WhatsApp Messenger clocked 7, which gave the founders an opportunity to look back to where it all began, and of course look to the future.
Looking back, they found out about 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time WhatsApp Messenger was launched had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Today, it’s a different story!
“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,” the founders stated in a blogpost.
Today, the vast majority of people use smartphones that run mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – Android, iOS and Windows Phone – and as such, they decided it was time to do away with the others.
Aside BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10, WhatsApp Messenger will also not work on devices that run Nokia S40; Nokia Symbian S60; Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 by the end of the year.
WhatsApp Inc. acknowledges that these mobile operating systems were a huge part of its success but right now, the devices they run on don’t have the wherewithal to accommodate new features that’ll be added to WhatsApp Messenger in the near future.
The founders added, “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
If you’re affected by this move, this is what is recommended: Upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.