WhatsApp to ditch BlackBerry OS, others, this year

WhatsApp has announced that they will stop supporting all versions of BlackBerry OS and older versions of other mobile platforms by the end of this year, 2016, because those platforms no longer offer the kind of capabilities that WhatsApp requires to expand their app’s features in the future.

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Here is the list of mobile platforms that WhatsApp will end support for this year:

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

This is a bad blow to BlackBerry 10, but then here at Mobility Arena, we are already convinced that BlackBerry is determined to move into the future with Android OS alone. You can expect other mobile app developers to begin to ditch BlackBerry OS as well. WhatsApp recommends upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.

Here’s the chorus from Madonna’s “Take A Bow”:

I’ve always been in love with you (always with you)
I guess you’ve always known it’s true (you know it’s true)
You took my love for granted, why oh why
The show is over, say good-bye

Say good-bye (bye bye), say good-bye


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6 thoughts on “WhatsApp to ditch BlackBerry OS, others, this year

  • February 28, 2016 at 12:54 am
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    Well, the good thing is that you can sideload WhatsApp onto BB10, but this makes me suspicious of future Android Version updates and possible compatibility issues.

    I’m sure the S40, Symbian and WP7x numbers are minor, thus the reason to discontinue.

  • February 28, 2016 at 6:37 am
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    I think this is where Telegram “might” excel…supposing that they they support older devices (I don’t know if they do), but it might be a good strategy for them to gain more popularity.

    Truth be told, older devices and OS will at some point fizzle out, as new advancement happen everyday…the dynamic world of technology. But then, why would anyone want to remain behind?

    • February 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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      “But then, why would anyone want to remain behind?”

      Usually it has little to do with remaining behind, and more to do with if it isn’t broke and does the job, why replace it?

  • February 28, 2016 at 8:43 am
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    Blackberry 10… That’s bad!. And I really liked the OS!

  • February 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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    This policy is shortsighted. Whether we like it or not, dumb phones are still popular in the countryside and blackberry OS isn’t as outmodel as these people are making us believe. Why not make the changes in other OS and leave the users to make the choice. Nokia S40 does not have the call feature but still yet, whatsapp users use it. I just pray they won’t be too foolish to underestimate the population of these users

  • February 29, 2016 at 7:04 am
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    Not suprised,all the included platforms are dying breeds,can’t keep supporting them even their owners have abandoned them..

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