June 30 Deadline: No more WhatsApp for Nokia Symbian & BlackBerry OS Phones
WhatsApp’s earlier warning, if I’d say that, to cease support for phones operating on Nokia Symbian and BlackBerry operating systems will soon reach the deadline. The warning to those still using the above mentioned phones is simply to go get yourself a new smartphone or consider your smart phones to become a basic phone.
What would be the use of a smartphone without WhatsApp. That’s for fun anyway. There are a couple more other social media platforms that could still rival WhatsApp to a certain extent. The popularity of Telegram is increasing astronomically by the day and Facebook Messenger is also the fastest growing platform in that category. I am not so sure if the above operating systems support the mentioned applicationS. But you could try and if it works, you would have us to thank for providing that buffer.
How the mighty have fallen! There was a time Nokia was a house-hold name in the mobile industry and Blackberry garnered so much respect that even the former president of the United States of America always clutched one everywhere he went. It was a definition of a smartphone. Business decisions are always critical, the one who sees the future gets the cheese. That’s what precipitated the demise of both Nokia and Blackberry.
Having said that, WhatsApp will be ending support for Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia S60 platforms by June 30. Support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6, and Windows Phone 7 was ended by WhatsApp in December last year.
Regardless of Blackberry’s express disappointment with WhatsApp’s decision to discard the platform, the latter maintained that the platforms are outdated and do not have the capabilities needed to accommodate the app’s ever expanding features.
In its Support page, WhatsApp explains, “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 OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”
In clarifying its stance on transferring chat history between platforms, WhatsApp maintained their earlier directive that chat history cannot be transferred between platforms. Chat history can, upon request by the user, be sent to the user’s email as an attachment.
As pointed out before, WhatsApp recalled how much mobile market has transformed through the years since the launch of the app in 2009. It said that as at 2009, Android and iOS platforms were running on less than 25 percent of the device while Blackberry and Nokia’s operating systems were dominant in the market with a roughly 70 percent share. The reverse is the case now. How the mighty have fallen!
WhatsApp’s decision to discontinue support for both Blackberry and Symbian phones can only but reflect how the well known platforms have lost the market share and popularity among users.