WhatsApp to Axe Support for Aged Devices this Year

March 1, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Are you among those who still prefer to boot up your WhatsApp chats from the device on which you had it installed first? If yes, you might have to soon give up your modus operandi, as your device might just be within the circle of operating systems for which WhatsApp is ditching its support.

The announcement came along with their celebration of WhatsApp’s seventh anniversary. But it apparently feels like the Facebook owned company doesn’t like to keep its former OS relations intact any longer.

We could hardly criticize this move, as the drop of support for the mentioned OS in fact feels like having arrived late.


The ones that will be missing out on WhatsApp services by the end of this year would be BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 versions.  Wondering whether these platforms exist? They do, but the joint market share of these devices is trivially minute. Currently, they account to only under 0.5% share jointly with other minor OS.

But this wasn’t the case when WhatsApp started its journey seven years back. That was the time when Nokia used to dominate the markets with its S60 devices, and BlackBerry was second to none in the premium smartphone segment. We do know what happened later with the entry of Androids and iPhones.

Currently, nearly 99% of the device in the world have got either Windows Phone (version 8 and above), Android (Gingerbread and above), or iOS running in it. Android alone contributes over 80% of it. Its evolution has been so vigorous that even Blackberry and Nokia are now joining the list of Android powered devices.

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