San Francisco: Facebook-owned mobile messaging app WhatsApp will stop working on a number of platforms from December 31, the company has confirmed. WhatsApp’s farewell note for 2017 is not good news for some smartphone users. WhatsApp will stop working on devices running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
The WhatsApp blog added that end-of-life dates clearly mentions that users of BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older operating systems will not be able to use the app after December 31, 2017 – less than a week from now.
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. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp, earlier this month, officially took covers off its new standalone app for businesses, which features both verified and non-verified profiles. This gives businesses a formal route to conduct business on the messaging app.
See the devices which cannot support WhatsApp:
— BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
— Nokia S40
— Nokia Symbian S60
— Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
— Windows Phone 7
— iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
— Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
— BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
— Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017
— Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
— Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020