WhatsApp is giving a fresh lease of life to BlackBerry and Nokia devices, extending support for them till June 2017. It had previously stated that it was going to end support for the platforms from the beginning of 2017.
WhatsApp’s now updated its support page to announce that the cut-off date has been extended to 30 June 2017 for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, and Nokia Symbian S60. Sadly, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, iOS 6, and the iPhone 3GS are still scheduled to lose support for the app at the start of 2017.
There’s no reason disclosed for this sudden turn around for BlackBerry and Nokia’s products. The former had notably expressed its disappointment regarding the axing back when it was first announced. WhatsApp’s reasons for cutting off all these software remains the same as before.
WhatsApp explains that they don’t offer the kind of capabilities required to expand its roster of features in the future. Not to mention, they command a very small share of the overall OS market. As the brand points out, the tech landscape has completely changed since it had made its debut back in 2009.
WhatsApp is now advising individuals to upgrade to newer Android, iOS, and Windows Phone versions before time runs out. Users who do so can install WhatsApp and verify their phone number on their new handset to continue accessing the application.
However, WhatsApp warns that there’s no option to transfer a person’s chat history between platforms. The only option available to people who want to keep their chats is to send it as an attachment via email.