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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