WhatsApp has been one of the most rapidly growing applications of recent times, and the company has been coming out with several updates and upgrades for their users. A few years ago, Facebook took over the popular messaging app, and over the last two years, the app has seen massive improvements. After the Facebook acquisition, WhatsApp not only grew to a billion users, but also introduced critical features like voice calling and web version. The company has now made a tough announcement – they will no longer support some older operating systems including the Symbian and the Blackberry OS.
The company made these announcements in a blog post, where they announced that now that they are turning 7 years old, and looking back, they realized that what used to be their biggest market back when they started is now dwindling down in size.
The company stated that in the early days, the users of the Symbian phones and the BlackBerry OS were some of their biggest markets. However, over time, things have changed and the Blackberry OS user share has tumbled down like never before, while the Symbian phones no longer actively exist in the markets.
Following is an excerpt from the official WhatsApp Blog, which talks about the ‘journey’ and lists out the devices that are no longer going to support the WhatsApp Application starting the end of 2016.
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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry OS, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
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.