Popular social networking app WhatsApp has announced that by the end of the year, it won’t be support Blackberry and some of Nokia handsets running on old versions of its operating system. WhatsApp will continue supporting Android, Windows and Apple iOS based smartphones.
Facebook has majority stake in WhatsApp. The popular application has been around for seven years. It has become a popular medium for communication and sharing images / videos.
WhatsApp’s decision to end support for Nokia and Blackberry won’t impact many users as currently Android, Windows Mobile and Apple’s iOS run on 99.5 percent of the mobile devices.
In its official post announcing the move, WhatsApp said, “Earlier this week WhatsApp turned seven years old. It has been an amazing journey and in the coming months we’re putting an even greater emphasis on security features and more ways to stay in touch with the people that you care about.”
This move by WhatsApp could be a major trouble for Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry. The company has been trying hard to improve its market share. With no support for Blackberry, WhatsApp has simply reminded about the irrelevance of Blackberry OS for app developers. Blackberry has also announced that the company will be seriously considering Android for its future handsets.
The official post further informed, “When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. 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.”
Seven years ago, Blackberry owned 70 percent smartphone market share. The company has under 1 percent market share in smartphone segment today.
WhatsApp has more than 900 million users. The application delivers over 10 billion messages every day.