Earlier this week WhatsApp has turned 7 years old, which is really great. But as time goes on, WhatsApp needs to look back at how mobile devices looked different from today’s mobile devices. When WhatsApp was first released on the iOS App Store the App Store was only a few months old. About 70% of smartphones sold that time were by Blackberry and Nokia. But now, iOS, Android and Windows (Phone) are dominating today’s mobile market, and Blackberry and Nokia devices are having very little market share now.
WhatsApp will be discontinuing support for the following platforms by the end of 2016.
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
You can see how Android 2.1, 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 also made it in the list. But these versions are really old now and are hardly getting any market share. For example in Android, most people are on 4.x and 5.x right now. So it doesn’t really matter.
WhatsApp also says that these devices don’t have the capabilities they need to expand the app’s features in the future, which is a common practice for software developers.
Source: WhatsApp Blog