The major news is that the Blackberry 10 will no longer be supported, which means that it is not only legacy phones but current models being abandoned by WhatsApp…
There had been speculation that the handset-maker would wind down support for Blackberry 10 after it released a smartphone running Android, and closed its “Built for Blackberry” programme for app developers.
But the firm has insisted: “We’re not abandoning the loyal customers who have contributed to our success.”
The full list of operating systems WhatsApp will stop supporting is:
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Blackberry OS 7 and earlier
Nokia Symbian S60
Windows Phone 7.1
“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,” WhatsApp said in a blogpost.
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009… about 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia.”
The firm said mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft accounted for 99.5% of sales today.