With one billion active users, WhatsApp announced that the app will soon be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia devices.
However, it is not very surprising that WhatsApp is abandoning Blackberry, because recently the later had shunned the OS when building its latest flagship, the Android-powered Priv slider phone. Along with Blackberry, WhatsApp also announced Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 will be abandoned by the company.
In one of the blog post, WhatsApp stated that "this was a difficult decision for us to make, but the right one as they don't offer the kind of capacities we need to expand our app's features in the future."
We can make out that millions of phones will be harmed by the verdict as BlackBerry sold 7 million phones in 2014 alone. WhatsApp recommends "upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone" if you want to keep on using the service — if not, you'll need to find another messaging service by the end of the year when the app will be officially discontinued by the year end.
In the recent move, WhatsApp had launched official Android beta testing program. This will help the Facebook-owned company to expand its ability to reach a broader range of testers by making it simpler to sign up to experiment different versions of the WhatsApp software. Meanwhile, on WhatsApp’s side, it will be easier to share new releases and features as and when available.
It is certain that you do not want to miss out on the biggest messaging revolution that WhatsApp has to offer. It is today ranked as the #14 free app on the Google Play store in the U.S. and holds a #1 ranking in over 50 countries worldwide. Perhaps, it is time for a new phone.