Via a blog entry, WhatsApp has announced that it will no longer support older a number of mobile operating systems. This includes BlackBerry platform along with its last version BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 7.1, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2.
Looking back at past, the blog entry describes the reason for end of support on these platforms. When the instant messaging giant started in 2009, about 70 percent of smartphones were running BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems. Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS, which account for 99.5 percent of sales today, were running on less than 25 percent of mobile devices back in 2009.
WhatsApp says that certain mobile platforms no longer offer the kind of capabilities they’re looking for to expand WhatsApp’s features in the future.
Launched in 2009, WhatsApp has just turned seven a week ago. After being bought by Facebook for whopping $19.3 billion and reaching 1 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp is the biggest messaging service today.
Since its inception, WhatsApp has been supporting majority of mobile platforms. By the of this year however, this will change. WhatsApp recommends upgrading to newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using it.
WhatsApp recently ditched its yearly subscription plan and made it completely free by moving to a new business plan.