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WhatsApp will no longer work on Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones

Feb 29, 2016

WhatsApp will no longer work on Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones: As announced by the company yesterday, by the end of 2016, WhatsApp is to cease support for a number of operating systems. Mainly the Popular messaging service will stop working on BlackBerry and Nokia devices. It’s a very bad news for Nokia and Blackberry users. This was announced by the Facebook-owned company in a blogpost. The post read   “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today.” The phones which will precisely come under this ban are Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 7.1 and Android 2.1 and Android 2.2.WhatsApp on Nokia Devices

WhatsApp will no longer work on Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones

When the app released, at that time it was only a few months that the Apple App Store had launch. Nokia and Blackberry were the ones who sold most of the majority of smartphones. It is said by WhatsApp that devices don’t “offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”  In order to use the messaging service device WhatsApp asked to upgrade to a new device.

Another blogpost by the company said “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.” Recently WhatsApp celebrated its 7th birthday with over one billion users.  Across developing nations such as Brazil, India and Russia, WhatsApp said its service has seen strong uptake. Read, WhatsApp finally rolling out with new Emojis update on Android.

The Facebook-owned app sends 42 billion messages, 250 million videos and 1.6 billion photos are shared on a daily basis. WhatsApp has come long way from as a simple mobile-messaging app. Now apart from sharing photos and videos it also offers voice calls, it further tends to add video calls too. It makes sense now that the company is focusing on platforms. WhatsApp has advised its users who has the aforementioned operating systems but wants to continue using the messaging service to upgrade to a more modern windows phone or android and iPhone, by the end of 2016.