A brief press release by WhatsApp announces the STOP to WhatsApp to some mobile phones. Find out if your smartphone is at risk of not being able to take advantage of ’ indispensable WhatsApp.
In press release WhatsApp explains the reasons that lead the company to a STOP of support for certain types of mobile phones:
As we look ahead to our next seven years, We want to focus our efforts on mobile platforms that the vast majority of people use.
This is not a commercial choice, but economic: the platforms on which to develop updates WhatsApp are really many: various versions of iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Symbian, Windows.
Developments for low usage platforms is an expense that WhatsApp no longer intend to bear.
Whatsapp will no longer be developed for lesser used platforms as early as the end of 2016, and in the specific:
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Windows Phone 7.1
- Android 2.1
- Android 2.2
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
Although these models of smartphones have been important part of the history of ’ messaging app, ensuring their dissemination, These devices are no longer technically suitable to support some functions developed or to be developed in the future by WhatsApp.
Users of WhatsApp more penalized are sure to be the holders of BlackBerry: BlackBerry is a reality still widespread especially in the enterprise.
Recall that when WhatsApp had just been developed and tried to make their way among users, about 70% users had a BlackBerry or Nokia. Today, however, about the 99,5% users who have installed the application have an Android system, IOS and Windows Phone.
The Council of developers ' team advises owners of these models of phones to upgrade and buy a new smartphone iPhone, Android or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using the service.
Recall that, even when it is definitively ceased support for the above devices types, Whatsapp will continue to run but will no longer receive updates.
Some failed updates, however, compromise the enjoyment of important part of functionality in ’ most common messaging app currently in Europe.