WhatsApp says Goodbye to some major OS

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WhatsApp says Goodbye to some major OS.

As informed by WhatsApp, 2017 ended with making it inaccessible to some major operating systems. These include Windows Phone 8.0 (and older) operating systems. And the legendary BlackBerry OS that powered the Blackberry Bold Smartphone.

The BlackBerry 10 has got an extension to the deadline by two weeks. Though it was a good OS but it couldn’t compete to the rising era of iOS. And Android and failed to keep the BlackBerry name alive.

What WhatsApp said about why it had to take these oldies out (OS).

WhatsApps Blog post read. : “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version. Or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”

Another reason it said was the minimal user base these respective platforms currently have as consumers are sticking to Android and iOS. “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,”

There are many other operating systems having their deadlines set by WhatsApp.

December 31, 2018 is what WhatsApp has set as a deadline to stop working. On feature phones running on the Nokia S40 platform. WhatsApp feels it is giving existing users enough time to upgrade to a new phone.

Smartphones running on Android versions older than Android Gingerbread 2.3.7 after February 1. 2020 will not have access to WhatsApp. This move though it seems controversial is based on the belief that by 2020 Gingerbread might not have a user base. Android is better in its updated versions making its users switch over frequently and willingly.

It is a very bold but apt decision taken by WhatsApp to do away with these legendary OS. As future technology has no place for these out dated Operating systems.

Published: January 6, 2018
Last updated: March 1, 2024


Mubasshir Pawle
Mubasshir Pawle serves as the COO of Eiosys, where his role is pivotal in leading the custom software development team. A developer at heart, Mubasshir thrives on creating bespoke software solutions, leveraging his mastery in Node.js, Flutter, and React.js technologies. His significant contributions to Stack Overflow underline his commitment to the tech community. With a track record of delivering hundreds of mobile apps and websites globally, Mubasshir's technical acumen and dedication have been instrumental in Eiosys's success.

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