Instant Messaging Giant, Whatsapp Inc has announced that they are ending support for mobile phones that use the Blackberry and Nokia platforms by end of 2016.
This is according to a notice it posted on its website last Friday.
The Facebook-owned company in the blogpost announced that after celebrating seven years of existence, it was time for change.
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use.”
“By the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1”
The company then asked users to upgrade to newer and better devices if they want to continue accessing the free messaging service.
Whatsapp revealed that it was not an easy decision for them to make, but nevertheless it was a necessary evil. “This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp,” the post said.