Facebook-owned has mobile messaging app WhatsApp will stop working on devices that run BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older platforms from December 31, 2017. So if you are using the mobile phones running any one of these platforms, you will not be able to use WhatsApp after this year.
WhatsApp has confirmed the news via its official blog post. The post has revealed that users on these particular platforms will not be able to create new accounts, nor re-verify existing accounts once the company ends support.
“We will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time,” WhatsApp said. “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 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp,” the company added.
To recall, WhatsApp had extended support for both platforms in June this year. At the time, WhatsApp had also revealed that the app will stop working for phones running Nokia S40 from December 31, 2018. The app will stop working on phones running Android 2.3.7 and older (Gingerbread) will be stopped from February 1, 2020. Whatsapp has already become unavailable on Nokia phones running Symbian S60, from June 30, 2017.
It may be noted that during the year, a lot of new features, prominent among them restricted groups features for the admins, photo bundling, photo filters, video streaming have been added to Whatsapp.