Messaging service WhatsApp, which recently celebrated its seventh anniversary, is withdrawing its operations from BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2 and Windows Phone 7.1
“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,’’ WhatsApp said.
It recommends users of these services upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.
In its blog post, the WhatsApp team talked about the launch back in 2009 when most smart phones were either a Blackberry or Nokia.
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.”
It was a different time, and the Facebook owned company says technology has moved on.
“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,’’ Whats App said.