In the new year, WhatsApp is said to stop working on some mobile platforms and smartphones.
From the 1st of January 2018, the messenger service would not be available on any of the handsets that are running Windows Phone 8.0 (or older versions of the said operating system), BlackBerry 10 or BlackBerry OS.
The company made the said announcement in its update to a blog post that was published originally in February 2016.
The post reads: “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.”
The said platforms that are being cut are not popular and have been for quite some time. The company ended its support for Nokia Symbian S60 devices in June.
It is also planning to slash its support for Nokia S40 devices on the 31st of December 2018 and on phones that are running Android versions 2.3.7 and older on the 1st of February 2020.
Even though the said platforms are still supported, WhatsApp is not actively developing for them anymore, which means that some features could stop functioning anytime.
The blog post of the company stated: “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.
“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.”