WhatsApp turned seven years old earlier this week and in an effort to put more emphasis on security of its users, it has decided to end support for the older operating systems namely
BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
Nokia Symbian S60
Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and
Windows Phone 7.1
In a blog post yesterday,
“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.
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.”
The decision to shut down for these almost dead operating systems makes sense, but it’s surprising that WhatsApp will be ending support to BlackBerry’s platform too, starting next year.
So if you are still using one of the affected operating systems, it’s recommended that you upgrade to an iPhone, a newer Android or Windows Phone device by the end of this year.