Older mobile platforms' enthusiasts are in for a change in 2018.
WhatsApp, one of the world's most popular mobile messaging apps, will soon stop working on certain smart-phones when the clock strikes midnight on December 31. However, any device having a Blackberry operating system or Blackberry 10 will not be able to run the app, from the starting of next year.
In a blog post announcing the initial raft of changes in 2016, WhatsApp revealed that they had made the decision based on consumers' changing habits and technological advances. The Apple App Store was only a few months old.
About 70% of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia, the company explained. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5 percent of sales today - were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.
The company stated that older platforms lack the kind of features that the app requires in order to be able to expand its functionalities in the future.
And any people with phones running on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, BlackBerry OS or iOS 6 will either want to rethink their handset altogether or simply update their operational system. The mobile messaging app that launched a series of new features in the year 2017, is expected to keep-up the momentum by adding a range of mind-blowing features to the app. The Android versions that no longer work with WhatsApp were released in 2009 and 2010.
Blackberry OS has less than 0.5% of the smartphone operating system market share in the UK.
Windows Phone 8.0 and older, after December 31.
"If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone". This will be the only way to continue using WhatsApp.