This may seem to be a rather late article, as some are already aware that Whatsapp has extended supported for some mobile devices systems, chief among which is the Blackberry OS systems. If you are not aware yet, then this is for you. As they say, better late than never!
It was announced some times early 2016 that Facebook-owned Whatsapp would discontinue support for some mobile systems, specifically BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and the iPhone 3GS/iOS 6. The reason cited by the messenger app operators was that they “don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future”.
What some people do not know is that Whatsapp actually extended support for the above names devices. According to an updated press release, which reads in part, “WhatsApp is extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017”.
Do also know that, Whatsapp still supports the following;
- The BlackBerry is running one of the following operating systems: OS 7+.
- The BlackBerry is subscribed to a full BIS (BlackBerry Internet Service) data plan.
It also supports the BlackBerry Priv and DTEK50 as these devices runs on the Android system.
Before you start to smile, rushing to update your device, as this is the solution to restore your Blackberry Whatsapp back to operational use, for those whose Whatsapp already stopped working and are unable to use it, just remember that, though updating your Whatsapp would solve the problem and restore it back, let me sound the warning quickly that, that is a mere temporal solution. What you would be essentially doing is, resetting the “time bomb” set on your whatsapp to June 2017. So, my recommendation is that you upgrade your to another device. The days of blackberry is obviously over!
WhatsApp Messenger was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. It is a proprietary cross-platform instant messaging client for smartphones. It uses the Internet to send text messages, images, video, user location and audio media messages to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. The name “WhatsApp” was used because it sounded like “what’s up. As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of up to one billion, making it the most globally popular messaging application.
WhatsApp Inc. is based in Mountain View, California and has been acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately US$19.3 billion.