WhatsApp support for Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 will end this year
WhatsApp will stop further development of their app for Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry 10. It will end on December 31st, 2017.
The platforms have been long dead with little to no user base. Blackberry 10 was released 4 years ago while Windows Phone 8 is 3 years old.
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.
Following are the end of support dates as per WhatsApp FAQ:
- BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 until December 31, 2017
- Windows Phone 8.0 and older until December 31, 2017
- Nokia S40 until December 31, 2018
- Android versions 2.3.7 and older until February 1, 2020
For those who’re still using the OS, you’ll be able to use it as usual but some features will stop working in future due to no active support. No new users will be able to create new accounts nor re-verify existing account. To be able to use WhatsApp normally it is recommended to upgrade your OS to a support one.