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WhatsApp to Drop BlackBerry Support

WhatsApp to Drop BlackBerry Support
Over the weekend, WhatsApp announced some bad news for BlackBerry fans; the messenger will drop support this year.

"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. But anniversary dates are also an opportunity to look back," said WhatsApp in a blog post on Friday. When the service started in 2009, BlackBerry and Nokia devices were far more popular than those offered by Google, Apple, and Microsoft but times have changed and the tables have turned. Now, Google, Apple, and Microsoft's mobile operating systems account for 99.5 percent of sales 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," said WhatsApp. Because of this, WhatsApp will end support for BlackBerry devices (including BlackBerry 10), Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1. WhatsApp said that these devices "have been an important part of our story" but "they don't offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app's features in the future."

While this is a blow to BlackBerry, as the company says it is committed to its BlackBerry 10 OS, fans can upgrade to the Priv to continue using BlackBerry and WhatsApp. The BlackBerry Priv runs a modded version of Android and has full support for Android apps. BlackBerry has not commented on WhatsApp's announcement at this time. WhatsApp urges users to upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of the year to continue using its messenger.

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