It is no more news that WhatsApp Messenger have decided to stop supporting the operating system of BlackBerry. It was based on this that the irritated and furious BlackBerry owners launched an online petition against this messaging giant. If you can recollect, WhatsApp announced its intentions to end up support for the BlackBerry OS later this year. If this decision is anything to go by, it means that there will no longer be WhatApp messenger for BlackBerry users by the end of 2016.
The need to allow less-used operating systems to go by this company owned by Facebook was based on the fact that mobile devices have changed over time. People’s use of mobile gadgets looked very different from what is obtainable today, when WhatsApp began in 2009. Almost 70 percent of Smartphones sold that time had operating systems provided by Nokia and BlackBerry.
Going by a reliable report from WhatsApp, it was gathered that certain mobile operating systems used extensively today like those provided by Microsoft, Apple and Google were less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold when the company started at that time. In the present day, these operating systems are responsible for 99.5 percent of sales and they are being used by the huge majority.
Consequently, WhatsApp will be ending support for its messenger on BlackBerry, by the end of 2016, including Windows Handset 7.1, Android 2.2, Android 2.1, Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, and BlackBerry 10.
Despite the fact that these mobile gadgets have been imperative part of WhatsApp story, it was claimed that they don’t provide the kind of capabilities the company really required to expend the features of their app in the future.
Whatsapp wants you to upgrade
However, as the messenger have a large number of active users globally each month, this latest decision by WhatsApp is set to upset some people. This decision means that certain individuals who cannot pay for phones with higher operating systems will have to give up their much loved messenger, as the app has made instant messaging cheap and easily available to all its users in the past.
WhatsApp Company admitted the fact that this decision was a tough one but must be made to offer people better ways to keep in touch with their family, friends and loved ones, making use of WhatsApp. As a result, all users of the affected mobile devices are advised to upgrade to the latest Windows Phone, iPhone, or Android before the end of 2016.