Support for WhatsApp on Windows Phone 8 is ending on December 31

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According to an FAQ page, the Facebook-owned messaging app won't support Blackberry OS, Blackberry 10, or Windows Phone 8.0 and older after December 31, 2017.

'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'.

After January 1 you will not be able to access WhatsApp on your mobile phone if it happens to be of certain models.

Nokia's Series 40 devices, for example, will be supported till December 31, 2018 while Android 2.3.7 and older devices will be supported till February 1, 2020.

The cutting of support for Nokia's Symbian OS and BlackBerry OS and 10 is symbolic of how fortunes have changed for two former smartphone leaders.

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Over the past few months, WhatsApp has added a handful of new features, including the ability to delete WhatsApp messages, real-time location sharing, and much more.

Writing in a support note on WhatsApp's website, a company spokesman said: 'These platforms don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future. If you're a BlackBerry user who prefers the messaging app over BBM (who doesn't?), you can always grab a newer device that runs on Android.

WhatsApp does not now allow for chat histories to be transferred between devices, but users can send their conversation details attached via an email. The blog post mentioned that during those times about seventy percent of the smartphones sold had Blackberry and Nokia provided operating systems.

Windows phone users will have no problem with the app as long as they have the newer operating systems. These bunch of devices are already 3-4 years old now and apparently Blackberry has moved onto Android ecosystem leaving its proprietary Operating System behind. The company also announced deadlines for other platforms.

After extending its deadline for ending BlackBerry 10 support, WhatsApp is clearly done with the OS once and for all.

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