With the end of this year (December 31), 2017 WhatsApp gives the shocking news of ending its service for several smartphone platforms. The Facebook-owned company has confirmed this via its official blog post. So the countdown starts for some mobile platforms when it comes to WhatsApp updates.
The messaging service will end support for operating systems from BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older devices, and Nokia S40 will not be able to use WhatsApp properly after December 31, 2017. This means that users using mobile phones running any one of these platforms will not be able to use WhatsApp after this year. WhatsApp says users on these particular platforms will not be able to create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts once the company ends support. End of support does not mean a user will lose access to their WhatsApp account. WhatsApp says users can continue using the app on their phone, but should not expect any future security updates or new features.
While Windows 8 will get axed once 2018 starts, WhatsApp will continue support for Windows 8.1 version and higher devices, even though Microsoft itself has admitted that Windows Mobile is dead. In BlackBerry’s case, the company has itself confirmed it will no longer be manufacturing or launching new smartphones, and the BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry OS have been abandoned. Instead, new BlackBerry-branded phones are now manufactured by China-based TCL and powered by Android OS. So WhatsApp ending support for the BlackBerry platform is not surprising.
The company said “We will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp said. “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp,”
This is not the first time that WhatsApp is ending support for old mobile platforms. In February last year 2016, also the company had announced a list of devices/platforms that it ceased support for. These included Android 2.1 and Android 2.2; Windows Phone 7. The list also had a version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6. This list also included BlackBerry OS and Nokia S40 platform, the date for these was later changed to June 2017 and then this deadline was further updated to December 31, 2017. This means these platforms have already received extensions twice.
These are the mobile OS that would stop supporting WhatsApp by the end of this year:
— Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
— BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
— Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017
— Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
— Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020.