WhatsApp prolongs support for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 devices until June 2017
posted by Cosmin V. / Nov 15, 2016, 4:30 AM
BlackBerry OS is undoubtedly a dying mobile platform, but that doesn't necessarily means that no one uses it anymore. There seems to be a fair share of BlackBerry fans who continue to use BBOS and 10 OS smartphones, otherwise we can't explain WhatsApp's decision to extend support for its app.
WhatsApp announced back in February that it will no longer support its application on some older mobile platforms. Surprisingly, the developer added to the list of unsupported platforms BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10.
So, by the end of 2016, WhatsApp should end support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, as well as iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
However, WhatsApp has decided to extend support for the following platforms until June 30, 2017: BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60.
Furthermore, the developer confirmed once again that the following platforms will no longer be supported at the beginning of 2017: Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
The reasoning behind WhatsApp's decision is pretty simple. Since these platforms are so old are not supported anymore by those who built them, they don't offer the capabilities WhatsApp needs to expand the app's features in the future.
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Oh, Android Froyo and BB OS are legendary OSes... Old but Gold. I still have the nostalgia of their haydays, man!
posted on Nov 15, 2016, 4:39 AM 0
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Well, Rest In Peace, BB10... (Hat on the chest) You'll always be remembered, along with Nokia's Series 60 OS... But as it stands, Life is about moving forward... And I've moved forward with Touchwiz, by far the best 'incarnation' of Android to date, IMHO... Lets hope,or better yet 'lets PRAY' that Samsung keep-up with its tradition of 'trimming down' the bloat with The Nougat... Speaking of Nougat, Can anyone here confirm whether The S6 Series will receive Nougat or not...? Thanks in advance... G'Day!
posted on Nov 15, 2016, 5:18 AM 0
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They will. There was an article yesterday: http://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Nov 15, 2016, 6:46 AM 0
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BlackBerry10 o.s utilzes qnx which has a hypervisor that runs android apps in a container separate to the phones primary functions/files. The android runtime is currently 4.0 which means the android version works fine anyway. The android runtime after the first update was so good that all it really seemed BlackBerry needed to do was update the runtime to something more current and add the option of google play services. To BlackBerry loyalists dismay they started making pure android devices instead. There still is a glimmer of hope amongst BlackBerry fans that they manage to run an up to date version of android on a micro kernel while at the same time incorporating bb10's user interface, file manager and browser that is integrated with their universal search and is truly next level. The ceo hinted at aiming to combine bb10 and android so hopefully that's what emerges in the future. Probably needs to sell more devices first.
posted on Nov 15, 2016, 4:32 PM 0
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The android runtime on BB10 is at 4.2, not 4.0.
posted on Nov 15, 2016, 4:42 PM 0
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