Surprised? Well, If you aren’t, then you haven’t been using WhatsApp frequently and passionately.
For about eight years now, since 2009, WhatsApp Messenger has virtually taken over other short and long messaging platforms like 2go, default SMS, BBM and Badoo in almost every area.
Since its existence, it has always been socially acceptable and one of the most used chatting/messaging platforms which naturally supports various devices and operating systems like Android, iOs, Windows, Blackberry, Nokia Series 60 and 40 devices.
When WhatsApp started, it was mostly used on Nokia and Blackberry phones because they were kinda predominant. Back then Apple, Windows and Android weren’t prominent and easy to get like Nokia and BB. WhatsApp has been supporting all these device’s platforms; Android, Apple iPhone/iOs, Windows/Lumia, Blackberry and Nokia.
Its now 2016 or some months to 2017. Things have changed a lot and the changes wouldn’t favor a large number of mobile/smartphone users at all.
In case you don’t know, about 70% of devices under the platforms above wouldn’t be able to use WhatsApp Messenger from 31 December 2016 or let’s say 2017.
Think for a minute. Is your current phone or the one you want to buy among the blacklisted devices that won’t run WhatsApp by the end of 2016?
If you read on, you will probably know. Since most of these devices have been behaving like ancient of days and don’t want to change, WhatsApp has decided to turn things around in a sad but necessary way.
NOW HERE IS THE HEART BREAKING NEWS ON WHATSAPP AND SUPPORTED SMARTPHONES
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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
Nokia Symbian S60
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7.1
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
Apple-iPhone-IOs. What do you expect from Android’s natural rival? It only affects iOS 6! I like Iphones though. Cool in their unique way.
SO WHY THIS SUDDEN BETRAYAL FROM WHATSAPP?
While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
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.