WhatsApp gets 7 year itch, dumps BlackBerry


It appears that WhatsApp might have The Seven Year Itch. Shortly after celebrating its seventh anniversary, Facebook's mobile messaging app said it was dumping the BlackBerry operating system and a number of older operating systems by the end of the year.

Other mobile OSs WhatsApp will no longer support include Nokia S40 for feature phones, the moribund Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1. But BlackBerry is the only one to lose WhatsApp support for the current version of its operating system, BlackBerry 10.

WhatsApp reasoning for the sudden reversal on years of faithful support? They just can't keep up with the younger mobile operating system.

"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," WhatsApp wrote in a blog post.

"This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp," the blog post added.

WhatsApp didn't say, but should have, that BlackBerry users are out of luck.

For more:
- read the WhatsApp blog post

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