Here’s some bad news for BlackBerry users, global messaging service WhatsApp is ending support for BlackBerry devices by the end this year 2016. The Facebook-owned company announced this in a blogpost. Popular messaging service WhatsApp is discontinuing service on BlackBerry and Nokia devices by the end of 2016. A spokesperson posted on the company’s blog Friday about what’s ahead for the app as it turns seven.
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today,”
At the time the app released, the Apple App Store was only a few months old. The majority of smartphones sold were from BlackBerry and Nokia. The company says by the end of 2016, they will be ending support on the following mobile platforms.
The mobile platforms that may lose support are listed below:
“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 S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
WhatsApp says the devices don’t “offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
The Facebook-owned app currently has more than 900 million users sending over 10 billion messages a month. When WhatsApp hit the app stores, BlackBerry dominated the industry with over 70%.
The messaging platform WhatsApp, with over one billion users, also recently celebrated its 7th birthday. The company had announced joining the 1-billion users club in early February this year.
“As of today, one billion people are using WhatsApp. That’s nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family,” WhatsApp had said in a blog post.
In February 2014, WhatsApp was acquired by social networking site Facebook, its biggest buyout till date, for a whopping USD 19 billion. In a post on Facebook, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum said 42 billion messages were sent, 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos shared everyday on the platform.
Previously, WhatsApp had said its service has seen strong uptake, especially across developing nations such as Brazil, India and Russia.