WhatsApp has recently announced to drop support for older phones including older Android phones, Nokia and Blackberry on the claims that they could hold back app’s growth.
According to the reports, WhatsApp will stop supporting all Blackberry phones, some of the Nokia and older Android phones by the end of this year.
The company while announcing their decision over this matter in a blog post said, “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,”
The blog also mentioned that every BlackBerry phone including new BlackBerry 10, Nokia 40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 or 2.2 or Windows Phone 7.1 will be affected by this decision.
On the other hand, BlackBerry company revealed that they have sold almost 7 million phones in the year 2014 alone, according to which tens of millions of phones will get affected by this decision of dropping down the support of WhatsApp on the phone.
“This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp,” the company wrote in its blog post. “If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”