Sorry, BlackBerry and Nokia users. You may no longer be able to use the mobile messaging service WhatsApp by the end of 2016 after it announced that it was cutting off its support for the mobile platform and six others.
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use,” WhatsApp said in a blog post.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp,” it added.
Platforms that WhatsApp will no longer support after 2016 are:
BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
Nokia Symbian S60
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7.1
“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,” WhatsApp said.
A report on PC World noted the Facebook-owned WhatsApp has one billion active users monthly worldwide.
It added BlackBerry has been “struggling for years, falling far behind even Windows phones.”