WhatsApp has announced that it will stop support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60 from June 30. If you are among those still using a dated software platform, then it’s time you start looking for alternatives of WhatsApp.
This step comes after the Facebook-owned brand decided in November to delay ending support for the ageing BlackBerry and Nokia software from December 2016 to June 2017. Support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 ended by WhatsApp in December last year.
However, this move by WhatsApp shouldn’t affect too many users. According to a report by Gartner, BlackBerry along with other OS’ made up a miniscule portion of the market in the fourth quarter of last year.
Windows was third with a total market share of 0.3 percent. iOS and Android together took up 99.6 % of the market. Android lead the way with a market share of 81.7 %
While iOS had a market share of 17.9 %. If you are amongst those users who are one of the few users still clinging on to their old BlackBerry or phones, then you might want to consider switching soon.
Users can upgrade to a new device or platform to continue using WhatsApp
On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
The most widely used instant messaging app had last year announced that it will drop support for a few platforms. The company later extended the support until June 2017 after BlackBerry expressed its disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to abandon the platform. WhatsApp gave the reasoning that the dated platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities it needs to expand the app’s features in the future.
WhatsApp explains, “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.
If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”
There is currently no option to transfer your chat history between platforms. However, we provide the option to send your chat history attached to an email.