The popular messaging app, WhatsApp, will no longer work on the BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 and older mobile phones starting the New Year. This will force the millions of people to upgrade their mobile phones if they wish to continue using the app.
WhatsApp has over a billion users across the globe but it will cease to function on some mobile due to change in the technology.
According to the company’s bog “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 per cent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 per cent of sales today – were on less than 25 per cent of mobile devices sold at the time.”
The company also said “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.”
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