WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging App, will stop working on certain smartphones after December 31, 2017. From 1 January 2018, the messenger service won’t be available on any handsets running Windows Phone 8.0 (or older versions of the operating system), BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10.
The Facebook-owned service in a blog post said that “We will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time”. “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. We recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp,” the company added.
Many of the platforms had received an extended support such as Blackberry OS, and Nokia Symbian S60. The company, however, clarified that there would be no further extension for BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 Windows Phone 8.0.
For Nokia S40, WhatsApp will end support after December 31, 2018 and for Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020.
Phones running on Nokia Symbian S60 stopped supporting the messaging app from June 30, 2017.
The announcement regarding removing support for outdated mobile platforms was first made in 2016. However, it later updated users that it extended the deadline for ending support to June 30, 2017, which was further postponed to December 31, 2017.