After postponing the plan several times, WhatsApp has confirmed that it would finally end its support for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS devices on December 31. "If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version", WhatsApp said in a statement. The app has hit way over 1 billion downloads on the Play Store, but the company will be ending its support for a couple of operating systems beginning 2018.
The Nokia Symbian S60 was cut-off on June 30 this year and was the first to go.
"While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future", a WhatsApp statement said.
For those people migrating away from the older none supported platform, WhatsApp reminded them that its app can only be activated with one phone number on one device at a time.
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There is now no option to transfer your chat history between platforms.
Why will WhatsApp no longer be supported?"About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia", it reads.
Users of BlackBerry phones running on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, and handsets operating Windows Phone 7 will be affected. The company also expressed its wish of focusing more on the mobile platforms used by most people. The messenger extended its support for Blackberry earlier this year to the end of 2017, but it appears the messenger isn't going to put energy into the platform anymore. If you have been looking for a good reason to jump ship to a different mobile OS, you've just been given another reason to do so.