By Amechi Obiakpu
By December 2016, some of WhatsApp’s over 1 billion active users will be discontinued from using the social media application unless they change their mobile phones.
WhatsApp announced that the app will soon be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia devices running those company’s operating systems.
WhatsApp which recently celebrated its 7th year anniversary said in a message through its social media app on Monday: “We will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger on the following mobile platforms:
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
“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,” it said.
WhatsApp said that the mobile devices does not offer the kind of capabilities it need to expand its app’s features in the future.
It however suggests “upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone” if users want to continue using the service. Otherwise, they will need to find another messaging service by the end of the year before the service is discontinued.