With 2016 gone, so is WhatsApp support for various operating systems

With 2016 gone, so is WhatsApp support for various operating systems
Once the final seconds of 2016 ran down and 2017 started, messaging app WhatsApp started implementing a previously announced plan to drop support for older smartphone operating systems. For example, those using iOS 6 or lower now can not use WhatsApp. Windows Phone 7 is no longer supported by the Facebook-owned app, nor are devices running Android 2.1 and Android 2.2.

Most of you out there don't have to worry about this change since it affects handsets that not too many people are currently using. For example, iOS 6 is the last version of Apple's mobile OS that runs the Apple iPhone 3GS. And Android 2.2 was the last version of the mobile OS used by the Motorola DROID. Notice any iPhone 3GS users around lately? Any one you know still toting the DROID, which launched in 2009?

Some of the operating systems that were supposed to lose WhatsApp support at the end of 2016 have received a reprieve for a few additional months. BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerryOS powered handsets were supposed to lose WhatsApp support yesterday. Now, the messaging app will continue to run on BlackBerry models using these operating systems through June 30th, 2017. Support has also been extended through that date for the Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 operating systems.

It's amazing how things have changed. When WhatsApp was launched in 2009, 70% of the smartphones in use were running BlackBerry and Nokia branded software. Android, Windows and iOS accounted for 25% of smartphones in use back then. Today, 99.5% of intelligent handsets in use are powered by iOS, Android and Windows.

WhatsApp, which was purchased by Facebook in October 2014 for $21 billion, says that it is dropping support for the older operating systems because "they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future." If you are affected by WhatsApp's decision, the messaging app suggests that you buy a new iPhone, Android Phone or Windows Phone.

source: WhatsApp



1. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

I hope BlackBerry to do something to make whatsapp continue the support for BlackBerry 10 because I really hate to use an android app in my BlackBerry Z30

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I believe you can't even run an android online app on other platform without Playstore services. This is how Google lock in on its Android eco-system. The alternative is to get a iOS or Windows 10 Mobile which is still supported.

6. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Nah as long as you find an apk. Am using a blackberry passport and would hate to lose my hub capabilities for whatsapp

9. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

I was working with the Apk app for whatsapp and I didn't like it because it makes sense of using android and I hate android

8. JunN_Vai

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

agreed :(

3. Tizo101

Posts: 545; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

90% of all smartphones are powered by android... stop glorifying iOS.

7. strikerchooooo unregistered

Yup. And Toyota and Huidai sell many cars too, but this doesn't mean I'd buy them if I can afford a Benz. Get it?

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But Hyundai cars are no joke, though... they're damn good, just as good as Mercedes-Benz. Anyways, Android still proves to be the better mobile OS, and that's not just because of it's market share

4. RoryBreaker

Posts: 222; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Blackberry allowed this to happen to themselves...RIP

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22108; Member since: May 28, 2014

By that logic, so did Microsoft and Nokia/Symbian. Besides, who's to say it won't be "extended" for BlackBerry again after June? Anyway, there are BlackBerry Branded Android handsets running BlackBerry's Secured version of Android that current WhatsApp is supported on, for those that want WhatsApp on a BlackBerry smartphone.

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