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
WhatsApp has announced in a blog post that they will be removing the annual subscription fee for everyone.
Ever since the beginning of WhatsApp, users had to pay a fee to use it. However it slowly went away, for example WhatsApp removed the price you need to download the app for iPhone users few years ago.
WhatsApp says “this approach hasn’t worked well” and that many users don’t have credit and debit cards to continue chatting with friends and family. Over the next few weeks WhatsApp will be updated across all platforms, removing the fee.
However WhatsApp stayed free for people in developing countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh etc. But now the change has gone global, which we feel should have been done in the first place as being one of the most popular messaging apps, needed to pay to use the service while other services such as Facebook Messenger and Viber were free.
WhatsApp’s new way of making money is not via third-party ads, but “allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organizations that you want to hear from”. This may cause concerns for some people, but we will see within the next few weeks what is happening.
So what do you guys think about this change? We have also heard video calling is coming. Let us know what you think.
Source: WhatsApp Blog
A recent update to the WhatsApp app for Android has revealed that WhatsApp is blocking links to their competitor, Telegram.
This is really weird and strange for WhatsApp to do something like that, but the URLs are not hyperlinked and they can’t be copied to the clipboard. This started happening in update 2.12.367.
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