WhatsApp will Stop Services for BlackBerry and Other Platforms
WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app among smartphone users. It has completed 7 years last week and has 1 Billion monthly active users. WhatsApp has now decided that by the end of this year it will discontinue its service for BlackBerry and some the other mobile platforms.
WhatsApp after announcing the removal of subscription charge for using the messaging app has now decided that it will stop its service for BlackBerry OS which also include BlackBerry OS10. By the end of this year, BlackBerry along with some other platforms like Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, Windows Phone 7.1, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will stop getting WhatsApp services.
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.” said WhatsApp in a blog post.
The company further added “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.”
Which means Whatsapp wants to focus on the mobile platforms that are used by majority of people thus it will discontinue its service for the platforms that are not used vastly nowadays. If you are the users who use phone running on any of the above platform then it is recommended that you should upgrade to the latest version of Android, iOS or Windows Phone if you want to continue using the messaging app.
( Also Read : WhatsApp Removes Subscription Fee)
WhatsApp keeps on introducing new features for their 900 million customers. Latest features added in the app were Additions of new emojis, Users can Star the important messages, Backup the chat to Google Drive and the Voice calling feature. There could be addition of video calling feature in the app in coming future.