Whatsapp has announced that it will extend its support for Blackberry and Nokia platforms till June 2017.
According to a statement on its support page, the most widely used messaging service extended it from 31st December this year.
“We will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms: BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60.”
Also, users on Android 2.1, 2.2 and Windows 7 won’t be able to use the app from 2017. The messaging app will also no longer be supported on iPhone 3GS or devices running iOS 6.
“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 Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016.”
The messaging service had previously emphasised how much the market changed in the years since Whatsapp was launched in 2009. Previously, Android and iOS platforms were running on less than 25% of the devices, while BlackBerry and Nokia’s operating systems dominated the market with roughly a 70% share. The decision to pull the plug on Symbian and BlackBerry however recaps how the platforms have lost popularity.
Meanwhile, Whatsapp informs that there is currently no option to transfer chat history between platforms. However, the company can provide chat history attached to an email, if requested by users.