WhatsApp until the end of 2016 will no longer support operating systems BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian and Windows Phone 7.1. This is stated in the developer blog messenger.
“In the beginning of this week WhatsApp was 7 years old. It was an impressive journey. But the important date is also an opportunity to look back. When we started in 2009, the mobile device differed from the modern one. The App Store only existed for a few months. Almost 70% of smartphones sold in that time, he worked on operating systems such as BlackBerry and Nokia. Today, the share of Google, Apple and Microsoft have a 99.5% market share of mobile operating systems, but then their OS were installed less than 25% of mobile devices.
When we present your future 7 years, we want to focus our efforts on mobile platforms, enjoyed by the vast majority of people”, reads the WhatsApp blog.
The end of the year WhatsApp intends to discontinue support of the BlackBerry platform, including BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1-2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1. These devices, according to developers, does not support messenger, which the company plans to introduce in the near future. WhatsApp was recommended to switch to iPhone or modern models running Android and Windows Phone.
In early February, WhatsApp announced that the number of messenger users has exceeded 1 billion people. “One billion people currently use WhatsApp,” wrote the head of Facebook, mark Zuckerberg, congratulated the founders of Kuma messenger Jan and Brian Acton and all those who helped in achieving this goal. He promised that the audience chat will continue to increase.
In January of this year, WhatsApp announced that the service was completely free. Prior to this users messenger the first year used it for free, from the second year of use, the messenger took an annual subscription fee of 99 cents. In early 2014, Facebook announced the purchase of WhatsApp for $19 billion.