The very well-known WhatsApp platform which is used by million users on a daily basis, announced earlier this week that that they will stop supporting all Blackberry and Nokia devices as well as many older Android and Windows Phones by the end of 2016.
The big announcement has been made by the company just right after it’s seventh anniversary. However anniversary dates are just an opportunity to look back as the company posted on WhatsApp’s blog. Specificly WhatsApp claimed:
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.”
By that being said, the company also claimed that the following models do not offer the kind of capabilities they need to expand the app’s features in the future.
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
We all remember those days that Blackberry phones were the most popular ones. Every business man used to own one as it was perfect for the most situations. With Apple releasing iPhone though, things have changed as it has been quickly replaced by the smarter iPhones. In addition Blackberry has stopped looking after it’s native operating system, so who can blame WhatsApp for it’s decision anyway. Millions of users will be affected by the company’s decision, but I guess this will be another chance for them to upgrade to a phone with “better capabilities” as WhatsApp obviously wants them to.