WhatsApp has published that it plans to drop support for the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 further as Windows Phone 8.0 and older by the end of the year. that means some capabilities of the Facebook-owned instant messaging app may not work as usual on those OS versions once support is end day on December, 2017. confine mind, however, that you’ll still be ready to use the app on devices running those OS, though WhatsApp won’t permit you to make new accounts or re-authenticate existing ones.
While the WhatsApp support for the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 will retire by New Year’s eve, the app will still still work on android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020 in addition as on Nokia S40 until end day of December, 2018. The extension of support for android 2.3.7 gingerbread and older versions of Google’s mobile OS until 2020 was declared in June of this year. the newest move is an element of a broader effort to induce users to upgrade to a more recent OS version, together with android 4.0 and later, iOS 7 and newer, or Windows Phone 8.1 and higher, because the instant messaging platform intends to expand the options of the app during the future. some of the recent changes WhatsApp added to its instant messaging solution embody the feature known as Live Location, designed to let users share their dynamic location in real time with contacts. Last October, WhatsApp conjointly started rolling out a feature that lets users delete messages for everybody, banishing the message from the recipient’s conversation similarly as from the senders’. This September, the corporate conjointly declared that it was planning to launch new tools designed to let businesses use of the service to stay in touch with their customers. It remains to be seen what different options WhatsApp plans to introduce to its platform during the future.
WhatsApp notes in its frequently asked queries (FAQ) page that the older OS like the ones mentioned higher than don’t meet the standards needed for future development of the app, therefore the requirement to end support for those platforms. In February last year, the WhatsApp team declared the end of support for older OS like Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7.1, BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10), Android 2.1 eclair and android 2.2 Froyo.