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WhatsApp, one of the most popular smartphone messaging services has officially announced that they will be retiring support for older mobile platforms by the end of 2016. WhatsApp claims that their new plan will help them focus more on mobile platforms that are used by “the vast majority of users”- such as Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.
WhatsApp will end support for the following mobile platforms: all of Blackberry versions, including the latest Blackberry 10, Nokia S40 series devices, Nokia Symbian S60 smartphone, older Android 2.1 and 2.2 OS, and the older Windows Phone 7.1.
We aren’t really sure if ending support for any platform is really a good step by WhatsApp, or that this is a change done by their new management Facebook. But there are people who still use Nokia Symbian mobiles and smartphones across the world. Surprisingly, WhatsApp has also decided to end support for the Blackberry 10 platform that’s hardly a few years old on the market. This is honestly not a good news for Blackberry as well as their loyal user base.
Source: WhatsApp Blog