Whatsapp, the instant messaging application will end its support for the selected Operating systems i.e. BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Nokia S60 platforms on June 30. If you are using a Symbian operating system based smartphone, you should start looking for a WhatsApp alternative now.
WhatsApp last year also ended its support for Android 2.2 Froyo, iOS 6 and Windows Phone 7. Facebook-owned whatsapp announced last year itself that it would be ending its support for a few more platforms, but later it announced that it will be extending support for the platforms till June 2017. The announcement was made after Blackberry expressed its disappointment with the decision taken by Whatsapp.
The reason defined by whatsapp for withdrawing the support from these platforms is that they don’t fulfill the minimum capabilities required to expand the app’s feature.
WhatsApp Support page states that, “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 2.3.3+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”
Although currently there is no method that users can use to transfer their chat history between he two platforms, they can only send the entire chat history to their registered email address and save it, if required.
The complete steps for doing this is mentioned on WhatsApp’s Support page.
In 2009, WhatsApp has quoted, iOS and Android platforms were running on less than 25 percent of the devices and this was the time when Nokia’s and BlackBerry OS dominated the market with almost 70 percent share. WhatsApp’s recent decision throws light on how the Blackberry and Nokia OS have lost their popularity.
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Himani Sharma, From ITvoir News Desk