Tuesday, 30 August 2016

The Possible Reason Whatapp will end Support for BlackBerry and other platforms

Officially, nearly one in seven people accross the word use Whatsapp and yet the app is not making money. Earlier this year, whatsapp made an official release on their blog.

"WhatsApp support for mobile devices
Earlier this week WhatsApp turned seven years old. It has been an amazing journey and in the coming months we're putting an even greater emphasis on security features and more ways to stay in touch with the people that you care about.

But anniversary dates are also an opportunity to look back. 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.

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. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:

BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
Nokia S40
Nokia Symbian S60
Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
Windows Phone 7.1
iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
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 before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp."

So its clear from this that whatsapp want to upgrade to add new features, possibly to earn money from ads like Facebook to cater for expansion. Just a few days back too, Whatsapp is asking its customers to agree/disagree to a term that allows post from Whatsapp to appear on Facebook. This move could be part of the upgrades since Facebook is already ad-inclined.

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Interestingly, WhatsApp is arguably the second most popular app in the world now, surpassing Facebook Messenger's 800 million monthly users.