WhatsApp will cease support the older mobile platforms such as all versions of BlackBerry OS (including BlackBerry 10), Nokia S40, Symbian S60, Android version 2.1 and 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 by the end of 2016.
“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 noted in its official blog post. “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.”
So, if you are using one of the affected mobile platforms, you will need to upgrade to newer version of Android, iPhone or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 in order to continue using WhatsApp.
Facebook has also revealed that the social media network will be halting support for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS by the end of 2016. This doesn’t come as a surprise as Facebook-owned messaging-app WhatsApp will also cease all support for BlackBerry devices by the end of the year as stated earlier.
What To Do If Your Facebook App Stops Working On Your Blackberry
While the eventual disappearance of WhatsApp will be a huge blow for BlackBerry owners, those worried about being unable to access their Facebook account on the move will still be able to access the social media platform through the BlackBerry mobile web browser. It’s exactly the same as the app except you wont get notifications.
In a response by Blackberry, users have been encouraged to move to the web-based experience which it claims will provide “the most feature rich alternative.” It continues: “To transition to the web based experience, users should visit BlackBerry World on their device and apply the available update for the Facebook application.” You can find the link here.