WhatsApp has just announced in its official blog that it is going to cease support for few platforms by the end of 2016. It will withdraw support for WhatsApp on platforms namely: BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, older Android platforms like Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1. There is no specific date for the move; WhatsApp has just confirmed that it will happen “by the end of 2016.”
As, per the company’s official blog these outdated operating systems do not offer the kind of proficiencies required to expand WhatsApp’s features in the future. So, Users who are using the devices running on these older platforms should upgrade to devices running on the modern platforms to use the WhatsApp Services.
“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,” the company posted this announcement in its official blog. “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.”
WhatsApp’s decision to make it’s services free in countries like India has helped the company to be one of leading messaging services despite severe competition from Hike, Telegram etc. WhatsApp has also made it clear that it won’t rely on third-party services to generate revenue. However, we all know that WhatsApp is certainly least bothered about generating revenue as it is owned by a billion dollar baby, Facebook.
We had earlier reported that WhatsApp now has 1 Billion active users . WhatsApp doesn’t really generate any revenue out of its service for Facebook. But according to Mark Zuckerberg’s post on his Facebook profile, the company has planned much for WhatsApp ahead including creating a way to connect more people around the world and make the app easier to communicate with businesses.
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