As this year is close to an end, WhatsApp is also bidding goodbye to the devices that run on Windows Phone 8.0 (or older versions), BlackBerry OS, and BlackBerry 10 on December 31st.
The Facebook-owned messaging app will no longer be supportable on the aforementioned platforms – shared officially by the company as an update on the blog post. It is important to mention that the app would still be usable on these platforms. However, users won’t be able to make new accounts or re-verify their existing accounts. Nonetheless, you should still be thinking about an upgrade as WhatsApp’s official post clearly states; “Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.”For BlackBerry users, the popular messaging app still supports an Android-powered Blackberry device. So, if you fell victim to this update, and still want to use WhatsApp on a BlackBerry, you would just have to get a BB device that runs on Android.
Meanwhile, Windows Phone users who have got the devices running on Windows Phone 8.1 or higher, would not need to worry about the messenger’s support. While, not forgetting that Microsoft has ended its support for Windows Phone, admitting that it is dead.
Lately, WhatsApp has been given some new features like real-time location sharing, quick-delete, and also a new universal emoji set. While the company is moving forward with the app, it is also abandoning the development on the older devices – claiming that the old technology won’t be capable enough for the upcoming updates.
“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.”