WhatsApp to end support for BlackBerry OS by December 31

WhatsApp to withdraw support for older Black Berry OS Windows phones

After January 1 you will not be able to access WhatsApp on your mobile phone if it happens to be of certain models. As 2018 rolls around, WhatsApp is killing off support for both Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10. The app has hit way over 1 billion downloads on the Play Store, but the company will be ending its support for a couple of operating systems beginning 2018. The list includes phones based on BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0. This information released on the blog post that by the end of this year it will end the services on these devices.

This Facebook-owned messaging app is now testing services and businesses on the app. Players like BookMyShow, MakeMyTrip, etc. are already sending updates, alerts to their customers on WhatsApp now, rather than relying on traditional SMS.

Users should note that the move does not mean they will no longer able to use WhatsApp on their platform, but some features would no longer work. "If you use one of these affected mobile devices, 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 said. WhatsApp has also indicated that some features may stop functioning at any time since they have stopped actively developing for these platforms. Got an Android 2.3 (or older) smartphone? This version of Android, at one point of time, was used by a good number of smartphone brands including Samsung, HTC, LG, HTC and Dell.



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