The most used messenger Whatsapp has declared that it will end support by 31 December 2017 for Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10 and Windows 8.0 version and older. This information released on the blog post that by the end of this year it will end the services on these devices.
Some popular smartphones come with Windows 8.0 version including HTC 8XT, HTC 8S, Lumia 525, Lumia 520, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820, Lumia 822. On the news, Whatsapp stated that we would stop giving services and any support for the old mobile OS from the given dates. The consumers using these devices can’t create new accounts or re-verify WhatsApp accounts.
The WhatsApp page specifically mentioned that the account creation and other services would be deprecated on the above devices. More than 1 billion people in over 180 countries utilize WhatsApp to stay in contact with friends and family, anytime and anywhere.
This Facebook-owned messaging app is now testing services and businesses on the app. Players like BookMyShow, MakeMyTrip, etc. are already sending updates, alerts to their customers on WhatsApp now, rather than relying on traditional SMS. WhatsApp is exploring payments in India and plans to add the United Payments Interface to the app soon.
The company said on the news of ending support for few devices that these platforms don’t allow the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features. If you are using one of these affected devices, we suggest you to upgrade to a newer OS version, or to newer Android version OS 4.0+, iPhone operating on iOS 7+ or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can use Whatsapp regularly.
According to the reports, it’s been a fantastic year for this giant chat platform as it reached the count of 1 billion users worldwide. Apart from this recently Whatsapp launched an application for the business purpose “WhatsApp for Business” which is giving a formal way to conduct business on the app.