In a decided blow to BlackBerry, WhatsApp is ending support by year’s end for all of the Canadian Smartphone maker’s devices, even its newer models.
But BlackBerry is not the only casualty. Support for the Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Windows Phone 7.1 and Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 will also cease at the end of 2016.
“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,” WhatsApp wrote in a blog post. “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
The messaging app, which is owned by Facebook, said in the blog post that the decision was a “tough” one, but it was also “the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp.”
Owners of the affected phones will have no option other than to upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone if they wish to continue using WhatsApp.
WhatsApp’s announcement is actually a big deal, especially for BlackBerry. The mobile messaging service is quite popular across the globe and users of the devices may decide they’s rather get a new phone than give up WhatsApp. The mobile messaging service has one billion monthly users.