Published: Thu, December 28, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Support for WhatsApp on Windows Phone 8 is ending on December 31

Support for WhatsApp on Windows Phone 8 is ending on December 31

WhatsApp will stop working on a selection of smartphones and mobile platforms in the new year, reported The Independent.

With less than a week to go, the Facebook-owned unit announced it would cease support for its app on these platforms from 31 December 2017. WhatsApp has plans to withdraw support for Symbian S40 after December 31, 2018, and for Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread after February 1, 2020. Blackberry OS is an extremely dated operating system (released in 1999) that powered legendary smartphones such as the Blackberry Bold.

However, as of January 1, you will not be able to use the app if you're using the Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 operating systems, and Windows Phone 8.0 and older. However, WhatsApp warns that since it will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.

"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 its blogpost.

"When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people's use of mobile devices looked very different from today", WhatsApp said in a blog post on its website. WhatsApp will not be working on your older windows phones but the devices running Windows 10 are pretty safe for now.

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Are you a Blackberry OS and Windows 8.0 Phone's WhatsApp user?

BlackBerry and Windows Phones users will no longer be able to create new accounts, and won't also be able to verify existing accounts-but of course, they will be able to continue using the WhatsApp app.

WhatsApp might not work on old Blackberry and Windows devices anymore but it is not the first time the company has pulled the plug on a ecosystem for the first time. The messaging app became unavailable on Nokia phones running Symbian S60, from June 30, 2017.

In the past few months alone, WhatsApp has unveiled some handy features (like quick delete for sent texts, real-time location sharing, and new universal emojis).

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