If you’re still working on a device running Blackberry OS or Windows phones and you’re an avid user of WhatsApp, you may be out of luck come the new year.
The Facebook-owned company has announced their end of support plans for these platforms. This will come as soon as on December 31. As of right now, users running these platforms can no longer create new accounts. They also won’t be able to re-verify existing ones. Once the new year hits, and the end of support kicks in, the app will likely stop working altogether.
Why BlackBerry OS Devices and Windows Phones Will Be Left Without WhatsApp
The Facebook-owned company continues to add new features to its app. Just recently, WhatsApp added quick-delete for texts, real-time location sharing, and universal emojis.
However, it seems as though these features prove to be challenging to implement on older platforms. Because of this, the app developers are still ending support for various platforms.
They’ve previously done the same for Android versions older than 2.3.3. The Windows Phone 7, iPhone 3GS/iOS 6, and Nokia Symbian S60 were targeted as well.
In their FAQ, WhatsApp states that older platforms don’t have the kind of capabilities needed to continue adding innovative features to their app.
This also states that if you use one of the affected mobile devices, it recommends upgrading to a newer OS on your current device. Getting a new device all together is also suggested. This would have to support Android 4.0+, or a Windows Phone 8.1+, or be an iPhone running iOS 7+. This way, device owners will be able to continue using the app.
If you intend on upgrading from Blackberry OS, or one of the Windows phones, it’s important to keep in mind that, when setting up WhatsApp on a new device, your messaging history does not transfer.
This means that you’ll essentially be starting with a clean slate. You can, however, export your message history and transfer it via email.
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