WhatsApp Messenger, the broadly used Facebook-owned immediate messaging utility, will drop help for a number of cellular working techniques from 2017, together with some outdated choices. The most important of those is BlackBerry 10 OS, together with help for all different BlackBerry working techniques. Additionally on the checklist are Nokia’s Symbian S40 and Symbian S60 variations, and the dated Android 2.1 Eclair, Android 2.2 Froyo and Home windows Cellphone 7.1 working techniques.
The WhatsApp weblog put up asserting the choice mentioned that the corporate shall be ending help from these cellular working techniques by the top of this yr. The corporate mentioned that when it launched WhatsApp again in 2009, the market was very completely different. Android and iOS solely ran on lower than 25 p.c of the gadgets, whereas BlackBerry and Nokia’s working techniques dominated the market with roughly a 70 p.c share. Dropping help is a bleak reminder of the change within the two firms’ fortunes.
Pointing to the precise downside with the quickly to be demoted working techniques, WhatsApp mentioned, “Whereas these cellular gadgets have been an vital a part of our story, they do not supply the form of capabilities we have to broaden our app’s options sooner or later.”
“This was a troublesome resolution for us to make, however the appropriate one with a purpose to give individuals higher methods to be in contact with mates, household, and family members utilizing WhatsApp. In the event you use one in all these affected cellular gadgets, we suggest upgrading to a more moderen Android, iPhone, or Home windows Cellphone earlier than the top of 2016 to proceed utilizing WhatsApp,” the weblog put up added.
As for BlackBerry customers, arguably probably the most shocked of the affected consumer base, the information ought to truly not come as a an excessive amount of of a shock. BlackBerry itself indicated that it’s proud of the BlackBerry Priv’s efficiency, and hinted at a mid-range Android phone this yr. Chen had nevertheless again in January reassured BlackBerry 10 customers that the OS was not useless, and it had plans for a model 10.three.four launch for later within the yr with “much more safety enhancements”.
Microsoft itself has ended help for Home windows Cellphone 7.1. Android 2.2 Froyo as per the latest distribution data is working on zero.1 p.c of all of the lively Android gadgets worldwide (which entry Google Play). The Android 2.1 Eclair model is nowhere on Google’s personal distribution checklist.
WhatsApp final week turned seven years outdated. In a weblog put up the corporate mentioned it has additionally hit the 1 billion lively consumer mark. “That is practically one in seven individuals on Earth who use WhatsApp every month to remain in contact with their family members, their mates and their household,” it said.