These two social apps will no longer be available to Blackberry, Nokia and Windows mobile users by the end of 2016.
Whatsapp was the first to make this announcement as she celebrated her seventh year of operation. Whatsapp, bought for $16 Billion by Facebook in 2014 was launched in 2009 and then recorded 70% of its users used Blackberry mobile and Nokia phones but according to Whatsapp blog, these times have been long gone.
“Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms: Blackberry (including Blackberry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1.”
“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. 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.”
Blackberry expressed their disappointment in Facebook’s decision and said “We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands.”
“Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure our end users have the best experience in light of this decision, and are continuing to search for alternate solutions.”
The company encouraged users to let Facebook know how they feel on the social media.