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By year's end WhatsApp will no longer support BlackBerry 10, Android 2.1 and other platforms

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By year's end WhatsApp will no longer support BlackBerry 10, Android 2.1 and other platforms
If you use a device powered by any version of BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, you can say goodbye to WhatsApp. The popular messaging app is ending its relationship with all BlackBerry operating systems by the end of this year. But wait! There's more. Other platforms such as Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 also will no longer be supported by WhatsApp at the end of 2016.

The Facebook owned WhatsApp recently turned seven. At the time the app started, 70% of the smartphones purchased were powered by BlackBerry or Symbian. Android, iOS and Windows Phone, now installed in 99.5% of mobile devices, was in use on only 25% of such products at the time. WhatsApp says that for the next seven years, it wants to concentrate on the platforms that the "the vast majority of people use."

If you employ a handset that runs on one of the affected operating systems and want to remain a WhatsApp user, the messaging app has a one word recommendation for you, "Upgrade!"

"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 percent 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 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time."-WhatsApp

This is an interesting move by WhatsApp, especially the decision to stop supporting the earlier Android builds. We wouldn't be surprised to see other apps follow WhatsApp and start weeding out older Android platforms.

source: WhatsApp via Crackberry

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posted on 27 Feb 2016, 21:00 2

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1332; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Because WhatsApp want you to use fb messengers instead

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 21:03

2. jojon (Posts: 345; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)


..zactly right

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 01:06 9

22. Rafishant (Posts: 346; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)


When BlackBerry itself is no longer focusing on its native operating system, well, who can blame WhatsApp for ditching it?

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 01:38 1

24. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


It's not just BlackBerry's OS it's ditching.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 21:20 2

3. miketer (Posts: 225; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


Nothing much can be done if BlackBerry themselves are sold on Android. Nothing wrong though. That's how things are and that's what they gotta do to survive.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 21:39 9

4. Demyk (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Feb 2016)


It really doesn't matter to blackberry 10 users as long as they don't mind running the android version of the app.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 22:19 3

7. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Agreed. I think people forget (or are simply unaware) that functions BB10 devices can run Android apps.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 22:48 4

12. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


I'm pretty sure they wouldn't mind. There's not a lot to choose from when it comes to apps on BB10.

posted on 27 Feb 2016, 22:51 4

14. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Spoken like someone who has never used a BB10 device before.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 01:03

21. ibend (Posts: 6462; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


at least he know the truth :-/

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 01:39 2

25. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So he speaks for BB10 users now, even though he isn't one himself? And it still doesn't make what I said any less true.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:48

30. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Don't mind meanest. He's just trying to pick a fight.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:51

31. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Spoken like someone who's in denial. I don't need to use a BB10 device to know that there isn't a lot of apps. That's one of the reasons why blackberry isn't as popular.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 09:53

32. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Who said anything about speaking for BlackBerry users? Get off your high horse. It doesn't make what I said any less true.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 12:08 1

35. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm in "denial" because I stated a fact? You sound ridiculous. BlackBerry 10 devices come preloaded with TWO (since 10.2) app stores. That's over 500,000 apps that's accessible to BB10 users from what's on their handsets, not to mention the fact that they can run any Android app that doesn't have Google Moile Services. Unless, of course, you're savvy enough to add Google Mobile Services. BB10 devices aren't popular with consumers, yes. Fortunately, BB10 devices serve a different market altogether. And then there is the Android powered BlackBerry Priv.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 12:09 1

36. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


You mean like you did with techie on a recent Apple article? Need me to provide the link? Don't be a hypocrite.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 12:12 1

37. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So then how can you say they won't mind? Do you know how many BlackBerry users DON'T use whatscrap? Because there are plenty, so get off YOUR high horse. And it still doesn't make what I said any less true. You're ignorant of anything not iOS.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 13:09

41. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Who cares? I can use the Amazon App Store on the Moto X along with several other app stores. I prefer the Google Play store over the Amazon App Store mainly for app updates and not being tied to Amazon. But I understand being on Blackberry, you'll accept any table scraps thrown your way.

We're not talking about the Priv here, a fully functional Android phone with Blackberry services. We're talking about BB10 devices.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 13:05

39. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Actually, I wasn't talking about Whatsapp. I was talking about Blackberry users using the Android version of apps in that they probably wouldn't mind using the Android version of apps since the Blackberry App Store is pretty limited. You're overreacting as usual.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 13:06

40. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Please post this link just so I can shut you up. Techie has done the same to me many times. This is just you grasping at straws again.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 15:24 1

43. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I know exactly what you're talking about, and talking about "Android versions" includes whatsapp. BlackBerry's app store has all of the top major apps that are most used, and whatever apps they don't have "officially", they have native app developers that have developed them. iGrann and Inst10 are native Instagram apps on the BB10 platform that are not only more feature-rich than Instagram, but have had features like support for multiple accounts long before Instagram decided to implement it. As I said, you're quite ignorant of anything not iOS. You're being defensive (as usual) because I pointed out said ignorance.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 15:33

44. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


posted onyesterday, 11:331 in response to #115ReportReply
117. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 9102; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Say something about Samsung and Techie here will be all over you with a college thesis.

That was taken from here:

http://www.phonearena.com/news/U.S.-Appeals-court-overturns-Apples-119.6-million-victory-over-Samsung-in-patent-trial-2_id78836

You are picking a fight with Techie in this very article. I never said he doesn't do it to you, but you CLEARLY do it to him. Stop acting like you're innocent in all this.

Oh, by the way, I just shut YOU up.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 15:36

45. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Clearly YOU care, or you wouldn't comment about it. I can use the Google Play Store on EITHER my BlackBerry Passport or my BlackBerry PRIV, so your comment about "scraps" has just been rendered invalid. But I can see why you'd use an Android device over the VERY LIMITED iPhone that you worship so much.

I'M talking about BLACKBERRY DEVICES in general. They make both BB10 AND Android devices. I don't give a s--- what you want to the limit the conversation to.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 19:57

47. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


You're the one who's being ignorant. You don't want to admit that Blackberry has a very limited app selection from its own front. Not every Android app is going to work and it's not always guaranteed to work. It's better to have "official" compatibility. You're ignorant of anything not Blackberry. Your comment above is proof.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 19:58

48. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


Obvious stalking aside, I don't deny that I made that comment. I think the problem here is your stalking. He CLEARLY does it to me, so stop trying to justify you picking a fight here.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 20:02 1

49. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


I'm being ignorant because I pointed out that BlackBerry 10 devices have access to over 500,000 apps, which is a fact? In what world is that ignorance? Every Android app that's not running GMS works fine on BB10 devices. YOUR comment shows your ignorance of anything not iOS.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 20:03

50. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


No it hasn't been rendered invalid. The point I was making that having access to the Amazon App Store means squat. That "limited" iPhone you keep referring to has far more support than the past its prime Blackberry OS. Cue in you saying something about government contracts and enterprise because that's the fallback answer for just about every blackberry response.

I don't give a sh- what you are talking about in general. THIS article is about BB10.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 20:04

51. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


So now I'm "stalking" you becaus I PROVED that you picked a figh with Techie? Lmao! Bumburned much? I CLEARLY proved that you pick fights. And OF COURSE you can't deny you made the comment. It's YOUR POST, idiot.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 20:12 1

53. meanestgenius (Posts: 15478; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Yes, it is rendered invalid. Having access to the Amazon App Store increases the amount of apps BlackBerry 10 devices have access to, so it clearly means more than you're willing to admit. And by your idiotic logic, you saying the iPhone has consumer support is a "fallback answer". It doesn't make a difference where the support comes from, what's important is that enterprise, government and other regulated industries, as well as the auto-infotainment industry supports BlackBerry more than they do iOS.

Again, I don't give a sh-- what you say. BB10 is an OS from BlackBerry, so by extention THIS is an article about BLACKBERRY.

posted on 28 Feb 2016, 20:34 1

56. BobbyDigital (Posts: 2095; Member since: 29 May 2014)


How would you know? You've never used BB10 before.

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