WhatsApp has announced it would be ending support for several mobile platforms by the end of this year. So coming Dec. 31, 2017, the popular messaging service will be off-bounds for devices running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8.0 and older.
The move shouldn’t be affecting too many users though given that the above-mentioned platforms are already almost defunct. The above development is however significant in that this brings the curtains down for WhatsApp on the legendary BlackBerry line-up of devices once and for all.
Things are slightly better with Windows Mobile given that the Facebook-owned company continues to linger on for at least Windows 10 Mobile. Worth mentioning here, Microsoft has virtually washed its hands off of its mobile division, and it could be a matter of time before WhatsApp gets rid of Windows 10 Mobile as well as a supported platform.
The above also isn’t completely a surprise development given that WhatsApp had already announced its intentions on this back in 2016 itself. However, the deadline to end support for the above platforms was later extended to June 30, 2017. The same got pushed further till Dec. 31, 2017 and another extension seems unlikely so far.
WhatsApp wrote on its blog it was a difficult decision for them to take but one that was also extremely necessary for users to continue having a nice way to remain in touch with those that matter a lot to them. So any one still hanging with phones running the affected platforms, the only choice for them will be to upgrade to a newer device running iOS or Android. With no new devices running Windows 10 Mobile launched off late, that too remains out of the question.
In fact, WhatsApp had also mentioned in June this year how its service would come to an end for a few more devices in future. Those include phone running Nokia S40 starting Dec. 31, 2018. Similarly, the threshold for Android devices to continue using the WhatsApp application is Android Gingerbread. Older versions – Android 2.3.7 and older to be specific – would cease to host WhatsApp from Feb. 1, 2020.
As for the more immediate Dec. 31, 2017, deadline, here is the list of device that won’t have active WhatsApp support anymore:
- BlackBerry Classic
- BlackBerry Classic Passport
- BlackBerry Q10
- BlackBerry Z10
- BlackBerry Z30
- BlackBerry Q5
- BlackBerry Z3
- BlackBerry Leap
- BlackBerry P’9982
- BlackBerry P’9982 The latter two being Porsche inspired phones.
- BlackBerry 9720
- Among the Windows Phone device that would be affected with the WhatsApp blackout include:
- Microsoft Lumia 430
- Microsoft Lumia 435
- Microsoft Lumia 532
- Nokia Lumia 530
- Nokia Lumia 630
- Microsoft Lumia 535
- Microsoft Lumia 540
- Microsoft Lumia 640
- Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, to name just a few.