WhatsApp to end support for BlackBerry OS by December 31

WhatsApp to end support for BlackBerry OS by December 31

There still are quite a few Windows Phone 8.0 users, though, refusing to give up the sturdy Nokia hardware and Windows OS.

WhatsApp just announced it will stop supporting Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, or Windows Phone 8.0 and older effective January 1, 2018.

They said: "When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today".

To avoid issues, WhatsApp recommends users of those platforms to either update to a newer OS version, or use WhatsApp on a device running Android 4.0 or newer, Windows Phone 8.1 or newer, or an iPhone running iOS 7 or newer. 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. However, WhatsApp warns that since it will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.

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Last year, the company axed support for a host of other mobile systems, such as Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.

Now owned by Facebook, it's a surprise that WhatsApp actually supported these lesser-used platforms for so long.

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.

'There is now no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. The blog post mentioned that during those times about seventy percent of the smartphones sold had Blackberry and Nokia provided operating systems. 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. BlackBerry OS has been around for over two decades now, running on devices like BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve, and was succeeded by BlackBerry 10 in 2013.