WhatsApp is out of the Windows Phone Store because of compatibility issues with GDR3


It was largely speculated exactly why WhatsApp got pulled from the Windows Phone Store roughly ten days ago. It was considered that the reason for this was a certain incompatibility between the widely-popular messaging app and the latest version of the Windows Phone platform, 8.1. But today, Microsoft came out with a statement about WhatsApp's disappearance - it seems that not WP 8.1, but Windows Phone 8 GDR3 is the actual culprit. It appears that an issue regarding the way notifications are being handled after the GDR3 update broke the seamless compatibility between WhatsApp and Microsoft's platform.


Hopefully, a working version of the messenger, which got acquired by Facebook for some $19 billion several months ago, will be released for the Windows Phone platform soon. Currently, the service has over 500 million monthly active users. While it's uncertain what portion of these sport a WP device, it is more than sure that WhatsApp's rivals will try to benefit from its disappearance and try to snatch as much of its users as possible – we are looking at you, Viber.

source: Microsoft via MobileSyrup

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38 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

33. aniqtheboyz

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Whatsapp is BACK windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/whatsapp/218a0ebb​-1585-4c7e-a9ec-054cf4569a79

2. leKoutei

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

If only developers react as quick as they do on other platform (iOS and Android)

3. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Congratulations for WP users. :D

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Yeah I just saw some fanboys.....this topic will be awesome.....as a usual Windows Phone topic.

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Lets not count how many droid updates have broken apps, services or features. Hell the last s5 update bricked a few of them.

11. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

GDR3 isn't that major of an update. That would be like 4.4.x updates crapping out Hangouts. All whatsapp would do on android is just prevent users of 4.4.2 for example from seeing the app, not pull it for everyone.

34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

There was a Droid 4.3.x update that crashed the galaxies call feature and took Samsung three months to fix. It would prevent the phone from dialing, restarts did not fix. S5's recent update was pulled because it was breaking S5's. I could go on and on. Funny part is these are Droid updates that kill the phone not an update that hurts notifications of a single known app

38. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And what does that have to do with android when an OEM ships something broken? Oh and let's not bring up how simply putting in a 8.1 update on winrt tablets fcked them over from booting.

26. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

It only affects the new users, existing users can use 'em..no fanboys are affected they already have it..but bugs are not a "usual" Windows Phone topic, its "usual" for Android users..

10. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

19bn is just crazy tbh and not just coz i'm greedy... 5bn would have been about right in MY book

13. CyberFalcon

Posts: 223; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

So there are totally 162840 + 1 apps in windows store now...Wooooooowwwwwwwww...............

14. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You know something known as Wikipedia? I found there that the WP store has 250,000 apps and the Windows Store has 150,000 apps for a total of 400,000 apps. Now I don't know whom to believe, you or Wikipedia.

25. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

None and very few are major apps, but third party apps.

31. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

How about you tell us what all the major apps and games missing?. We will tell all that's there. Quit trolling.

35. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And you think Droid is all official apps....i have a bridge

27. zigma

Posts: 11; Member since: May 30, 2014

Same case for PhoneGap based apps, time to leave WP after 2 years, the main apps never arrived, the OS is good but need faster updates.

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Which ones?

37. zigma

Posts: 11; Member since: May 30, 2014

Flipboard, Pinterest to name a few.

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