WhatsApp to Extend its Support for BlackBerry and Nokia Phones Until June 2017

WhatsApp has reversed its decision to stop supporting some specific phones which include Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 at the end of this year.

While BlackBerry and Nokia Symbian OS may be on a list of endangered platforms, there are a fair number of users who are still using devices based on these platforms.

WhatsApp to Extend its Support for BlackBerry and Nokia Phones

In what could be described as relieving to Blackberry and Nokia users, the world's largest messaging platform WhatsApp has extended their support for Blackberry OS and Nokia Symbian until June 2017.

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Previously, WhatsApp had announced that the messaging service will be dropped for several mobile operating systems from December 2016 including BlackBerry's and Nokia's operating systems.

WhatsApp to Extend its Support for BlackBerry and Nokia Phones

The company had stated in one of their blog posts, as they develop their roadmap, they want to focus their efforts on the mobile platforms that are used by a majority of people.

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In light of celebrating their 7th anniversary, WhatsApp tracing back their history also mentioned that these mobile devices have been an important part of their success story. But now, as they don't offer the kind of capabilities and while WhatsApp needs to expand their app's features in the future, the company has taken such a step.

WhatsApp to Extend its Support for BlackBerry and Nokia Phones

Surprisingly, according to their latest post on their support page, WhatsApp has revealed that they will be extending their support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 platforms until June 30, 2017.

It comes as a welcome relief for millions of people who can now have some more time to use WhatsApp before discarding their unsupported devices for compatible ones.

WhatsApp to Extend its Support for BlackBerry and Nokia Phones

On the contrary, WhatsApp has confirmed that users on Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 as well as Windows Phone 7 won't be able to use WhatsApp from January 2017. In addition, the messaging app will no longer be supported on iPhone 3GS or devices running iOS 6 as well.

WhatsApp has recommended the users to upgrade to a newer Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using the messaging app and its services.

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