WhatsApp is setup to drop support to some outdated smartphones from December 31, 2017. The announce regards only mostly outdated devices used by an extremely small subset of users, and the app will continue to work on 99 percent of smartphones.
WhatsApp decided to focus on iOS and Android and will not work anymore on Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia Symbian S60 and Windows 8.0 (or below) devices. “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”, said the company on its blog.
All these smartphones combined together have a market share lower than 2 percent, therefore is normal for the company to discontinue the support for this market. Blackberry shifted to Adroid in 2017, while Microsoft admitted its defeat in the mobile market.
At the same time, the company announced WhatsApp will stop working on Android smartphones running on Android versions older than Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 after February 1, 2020.