WhatsApp, the well-known and one of the most popular instant messenger will stop working from January 1, 2018, on few devices. WhatsApp announced this information through its blogging platform. It said in a statement – “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”. Keeping this in mind, this popular messenger which is currently used by over a million users decided to stop working on phones which work on a Blackberry operating system or Blackberry 10. It will also cease to work in those smartphones which have Windows 8.0 or any other older Microsoft operating system.
“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” – said WhatsApp in its blog post. Adding more to it, this Facebook-owned app also said – “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.” Although WhatsApp will still work for those Blackberry devices which work on an Android operating system. Similarly, Microsoft has also stopped providing its operating system for newer devices.
WhatsApp came into play in 2009 and was acquired by Facebook in 2014 for $19 billion. It has one billion daily users and this decision was made in response to keep its security and compatibility up to date.