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WhatsApp will no longer be available for BlackBerry 10, Nokia phones by the end of 2016

Whatsapp,
the world’s most popular instant messaging service with over 1 billion
subscribers has announced that it will be discontinue on Blackberry and Nokia
operating system by the end of 2016. The app wrote on it’s blog:

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, including BlackBerry 10 
Nokia S40 Nokia Symbian S60 
Android
2.1 and Android 2.2 
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. 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.
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