WhatsApp to ditch BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone this year

Published on December 28, 2017

Facebook-owned chatting platform, WhatsApp is the primary form of personal communication for most users these days. Unfortunately, the majority of the BlackBerry and Windows Phone users might have to say goodbye to it, forever. The company made an announcement earlier this week, stating that they plan on ceasing support for BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone OS towards the end of this year. The company’s decision to bid farewell to the older mobile operating system does not come across as a surprise as they had made these plans public earlier this year, in an effort to ward off the consumers.

According to a report by Engadget, WhatsApp plans on ending support for BlackBerry OS and Windows Phone 8.0 OS from December 31st onward. This does not mean that the chatting application will no longer work on the smartphones running the aforementioned operating systems.

It simply means that the owners of these smartphones won’t be able to create newer accounts or even re-verify the existing accounts for security purposes. The company even goes on to claim that the application will stop functioning any given time as well. The company is thus, encouraging users to upgrade their mobile devices.

WhatsApp has brought about a lot of changes in the recent past. The Facebook-owned company introduced several features earlier this year, which truly come in hand for the majority of its users.

The list of features includes quick delete facility for sent texts, real-time location sharing, and a new universal emoji. However, it doesn’t appear that older platforms will be able to boast of these capabilities any longer. The company is working towards expansion and all those who are still stuck to older operating systems will be left behind. After extending its deadline for ending BlackBerry 10 support, WhatsApp is clearly done with the OS once and for all.

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