Huh! A sight of relief for Blackberry smartphone users out there in the market as the messaging giant WhatsApp has officially confirmed that it would be extending the support for Blackberry OS, and other older Android versions.
For the uninitiated, WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned company is said to end support for the following platforms on June 30, 2017.
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7
- iPhone 3GS/iOS 6
The company announced this news back in 2016, nearly six months back, giving the users a last chance to get the latest Android or Apple iOS device.
However, the company has modified the support extension believing that the aforementioned operating systems have decent market share still. And the update period now stands as follows:
- Nokia Symbian S60 after June 30, 2017
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 after December 31, 2017
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017
- Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020
That being said, the Nokia Symbian S60 users will be disappointed here because the Symbian 60 platform did not receive any support extension and WhatsApp will stop working from June 30, 2017, as they earlier announced.
Next up is the Blackberry OS and Blackberry 10 OS; WhatsApp says that they will provide the support till the end of this year (December 31, 2017), and the same applies to Windows Phone 8.0 and older Windows Phone devices.
The Nokia S40 software handset users can enjoy the service for another 18 months up to December 31, 2018. And lastly, the Android versions 2.3.7 and older will support WhatsApp till February 1, 2020.
As said earlier, WhatsApp could have taken this decision keeping in mind that there is still a majority of users with Android smartphones running version 2.3.7 Gingerbread. Having said that, KitKat (Android 4.4) still shares the most of the Android market share across the globe.
Nevertheless, WhatsApp will just provide to the dated operating systems and they may not all the new features introduced in the recent updates. For example, the Android 2.3.7 users may not get the Status feature, which they’ve added to WhatsApp in recent times.
Besides the support extension, WhatsApp is said to be working on a revoke feature, where users can delete the sent messages if the customers haven’t seen it even after delivering. Some rumours claim that the new feature is in the testing phase and will be soon available for the beta Android users of WhatsApp.
The year 2016 has been a memorable year for WhatsApp because the company has added voice calling, video calling, status feature, and more in the same year. And yes, WhatsApp currently has an active user base of 1.2 billion members.