WhatsApp prolongs support for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 devices until June 2017


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.

source: WhatsApp via CrackBerry

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12 Comments

1. mr.rish

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 15, 2016

I so sorry for bbos10,...

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Oh, Android Froyo and BB OS are legendary OSes... Old but Gold. I still have the nostalgia of their haydays, man!

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Your sense of 'sentimentality' amuses me...

3. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Still getting the December 31st on my Classic

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

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!

6. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

7. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

still have december 31 on my Z30 :/ But I hope BlackBerry to force whatsapp to support its devices...

8. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

I do not use whatsapp. I prefer BBM, so no loss to me. BB10 is very good os. I still use z30 with my Dtek 50.

9. midge27

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

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. ‎

10. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

The android runtime on BB10 is at 4.2, not 4.0.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3112; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Since 10.3, the Android Runtime is 4.3 (API 18).

12. MDCHO

Posts: 769; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

You are correct. Thank you for correction.

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