WhatsApp is ending support for older mobile operating systems, since the app is expanding and changing its strategy, since some older platforms will not be supported by the application anymore. During the course of this year, WhatsApp wants to get rid of the assistance for BlackBerry, Nokia Symbian, Android JellyBean, and MS Windows 7.1.
Recent editions of Windows Phones will still receive WhatsApp assistance, even if the iOS and Android ecosystems dominate the mobile industry. While these cellular phones have represented a significant part of WhatsApp’s growth, they do not offer the type of abilities the app needs to increase its functions in the upcoming months, as the company’s officials affirmed in their statement.
WhatsApp remembers that when they began their activity 7 years ago, the way in which customers used their devices was entirely different in comparison to what we see now. Approximately 70% of all mobile phones marketed were produced by Nokia and BlackBerry, with their specific mobile OS.
Today, Google Apple and Microsoft’s platforms make for over 99% of all sales but in 2009, these companies only held a small 25% market. With these massive improvements happening, it seems normal for the chatting app to let the past and concentrate on the promising future.
As they look forward to the next decade, they want to direct their initiatives to the cellular operating systems that the largest part of clients uses, according to WhatsApp. The app lately reached 1 billion users per month and remains on a growing trend, and its newest decision to ditch the yearly registration fee is said to draw in even more customers.
In the meantime, the information that older mobile ecosystems will not receive support anymore may be annoying for many folks, especially people in emerging countries where Nokia’s previous operating system still runs some important businesses.
For BlackBerry, WhatsApp’s decision could be more damaging, but it is still easy to understand. Considering that the Canadian company itself is setting its own platform on the side in order to concentrate on Android, no one can really fault WhatsApp for following the same strategy.
In summary, WhatsApp customers with gadgets running on the above-mentioned operating systems will want to update to iPhones, a newer Android working system smart phone or Windows Phones running on 8.1 or 10 Mobile sometime during 2016.
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