WhatsApp has announced that it will formally extend support for BlackBerry 10 devices until June of 2017 as it prepares to leave the platform behind.
Earlier this year, WhatsApp announced its plans to leave certain legacy platforms such as Symbian 40 and BlackBerry 10 behind at the end of the year – now the platform has backtracked and has elected to extend its support for the latter platform up until June of 2017.
The move comes amidst WhatsApp’s rampant growth as a platform. This year alone, the popular instant messaging app has introduced the ability to make voice calls, leave voicemail, and recently added support for conducting video calls.
That all comes in addition to other features that older operating systems can’t support – such as GIF sharing and customization, Snapchat-style image editing, and other minor additions such as support for big emoji.
WhatsApp announced its decision to extend support for older platforms until June 30th of 2017 on its blog, noting that:
“As announced in our blog, we will soon be ending support for certain devices. On June 30, 2017, we will no longer support the following platforms: BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60.”
The developer further confirmed that the platform will subsequently abandon Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, and devices running iOS 6 or lower.
The platform is clearly moving to target platforms in which it sees the next billion consumers to come online making use of; furthermore, adopting newer platforms will enable the Facebook-owned giant to introduce new features far more rapidly.
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Source: WhatsApp Blog