WhatsApp had earlier this year announced that it would not be supporting the old smartphones made by Nokia and BlackBerry by 31st Dec 2016. But now the company has extended this deadline for Nokia and BlackBerry phones until June 2017.
These phones run on old BlackBerry OS and Symbian OS and WhatsApp earlier confirmed that these phones are not compatible with its chat app. The company had stated that old mobile phones didn’t offer the kind of capabilities company needed to expand the app’s features in future.
WhatsApp updated its support page and added: “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 and Nokia Symbian S60.”
“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 Android running OS 2.3+, a Windows Phone 8+, or an iPhone running iOS 7+ before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp,” WhatsApp noted in its blog.
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” it had noted.
So if any of our users are still using the Old BlackBerry OS or Nokia Symbian Phones then you have got some more time (6 more months) to upgrade your Phone to the latest version of OS.