I wouldn’t call this news ‘surprising’, what is really surprising is the list of devices that could be bounced from the WhatsApp class. For some of us that have been up-to-date with happenings in the tech industry, news of Blackberry’s and Nokia’s problems are not new, in fact, we do know that these companies have been finding it tough in the tech space.
Nokia felt it couldn’t continue making phones, and I guess that was what pushed it to sell off to Microsoft, and Blackberry on its own part has been struggling with sales, in fact, Android and iOS are squeezing it hard, and that has resulted in the tech giant making devices with Android capabilities. Well, it seems those were not enough to save it has it didn’t receive the expected sales from its Blackberry Priv. Nokia and Blackberry are just two of the many tech companies that are finding it hard, and 2017 could be coming with another blow.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp instant messenger would be dropping support for some devices from December 2016. Surprisingly, the biggest sacrificial lamb is the Blackberry 10 Operating System; many other Blackberry devices with lower Operating Systems would not be able to continue using WhatsApp. Some other devices that would not be supported are Nokia’s own Symbian S40 and Symbian S60 versions. All Smartphones that are running on Android 2.1 Éclair, Android 2.2 Froyo and Windows Phone 7.1 Operating Systems would be ruled out of the WhatsApp book.
In the blog post, WhatsApp stated that it will stop supporting these devices from December 2016. It stated that the market was different when it launched its instant messaging app in 2009 to what it is today and many of these devices are few in circulation. For example, 2009 was the peak year for Blackberry, and Nokia was closely competing with them while Android and iOS were used by less than 25percent of users worldwide. But there has been a significant change in the fortunes of these companies as Nokia and Blackberry jointly hold down less than 25 percent of the market share today.
The main reason isn’t the number of users, according to the statement released on the blog, “while these devices have been an important part of our story and success, they do not offer users the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the near future.” I will agree with that point, WhatsApp has been coming with some cool features, of which the only one my Nokia Navigator supports is the image sharing feature.
This would have been a very tough call to make, but I would say, ‘It’s the right one if the company is to offer people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family and loved ones with the aid of WhatsApp.’ The company added, “If you use any of the affected devices, we highly recommend an upgrade to newer versions of these devices before the end of 2016 to continue enjoying seamless usage of our service.”
Microsoft has already ended support for Windows 7.1, and the latest polls also show that Android 2.2 is running on 0.1 percent of all Android devices on earth while Android 2.1 Éclair is no longer running on a device. The most shocking revelation of the three isn’t too shocking, though, as Blackberry has said that it would be releasing Blackberry 10.3.4 OS later this year.