Friday, March 4, 2016

WhatsApp Drops Support For BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian, Windows Phone 7.1 And Older Android Phones

WhatsApp is to drop support for many older phones, arguing that they could hold back the app’s growth.

All Blackberry phones, as well as some Nokia and Android ones, are going to stop being supported by the end of the year, the company has announced.

“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 wrote in a blog post that made much of the fact that the app launched into a vastly different market.

Every BlackBerry phone will be hit by the decision, including those that run the relatively new BlackBerry 10. It will also hit the Nokia S40, the Nokia Symbian S60 and any phone running Android 2.1 or 2.2 or Windows Phone 7.1.

BlackBerry sold 7 million phones in 2014 alone, meaning that at least tens of millions of phones will be affected by the decision.

The company said that those people that still have the affected phones should get newer ones before the end of the year.

“This turned into a difficult choice for us to make, but the proper one on the way to supply people better approaches to hold in contact with buddies, own family, and cherished ones using WhatsApp,” the organisation wrote in its weblog put up. “in case you use the sort of affected mobile devices, we endorse upgrading to a more moderen Android, iPhone, or windows phone before the end of 2016 to retain the usage of WhatsApp.”

 The company said that the decision had been made to help it with its plans to add more security tools and new features.

The Tech Zone
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