WhatsApp to discontinue support for BlackBerry 10, Nokia phones by the end of 2016

Igor Bonifacic

February 28, 2016 1:35pm

WhatsApp will discontinue support for BlackBerry-made operating systems, including BlackBerry 10, by the end of 2016, the Facebook-owned company announced late Friday afternoon.

Citing the shifting mobile landscape, the company says it wants to focus its efforts on operating systems the majority of mobile phone owners use.

“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia,” says the blog post accompanying the announcement. “Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.”

WhatsApp will also discontinue support for Windows Phone 7.1, Nokia’s S40 and S60 operating systems, as well as Android 2.1 and 2.2 by the end of 2016.

Somewhere, the 0.1 percent of Android users who thought they would never have to upgrade from Froyo are cursing the inevitable march of time.

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  • stevedion

    Sad to see BB10 go. Now if they can put Android on the Passport now that would be nice.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      It’s coming soon

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Unlike your life… which you’ll never have

  • Ryan Grant

    Why is Bb the only one outed in the article title? Shame on mobile syrup for outing one company over the other! (I’m an iPhone user btw)

    • Wufai

      I’m guessing it is because BB is the only OS that can generate the tiniest amount of people’s interest in the news? Would you click on a news headline that reads Whatapp adding support to PalmOS3.0?

    • Ryan Grant

      Your argument doesn’t really apply as the article is about cutting out OS’s not adding. At the end of the article it states multiple other OS’s are being cut as well. Why not write a title that encompasses many instead of outing two?

      “Whatsapp to cut multiple OS’s from future support” sounds like it would attract more click bait as well when you’re a bit vague.

    • MassDeduction

      The headline lists BlackBerry and Nokia phones, though. Not just BlackBerry. Unless they changed it?

      That said, BlackBerry is a Canadian company making it more relevant to Mobilesyrup’s readers. The other OSs never had much traction in Canada (Symbian, etc.) whereas BlackBerry did. Windows Phone 7.1 support is ending, but Windows Phone 7.8 and newer are still supported so that’s not an example of an entire OS being killed off as is the case with BB10. Similarly, Android support is ending for versions of Android older than Gingerbread, which is hardly scandalous. I think their approach was reasonable, based on the version of the headline and the article that I read.

    • Ryan Grant

      Yes they updated it right after my first comment. Still could have been more vague instead of outing nokia and bb only in the title.

    • MassDeduction

      I would argue that they might have been best served indicating that support would end for BlackBerry 10, among others. They need to give someone a reason to open the article, after all. And BlackBerry traditionally has been hugely relevant to the Canadian mobile marketplace.

    • Rumble and Sway

      Blackberry is no longer relevant in any marketplace.

    • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

      Worldwide!

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      So irrelevant that sad haters like you and SUXDIX trawl the Internet for BBRY articles to troll?

    • Rumble and Sway

      And what exactly are you doing here? I posted that 4 days ago and you just can’t resist can you. lol. You’re the biggest troll out there buddy.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Take a look in the mirror clown…

    • Rumble and Sway

      I ask you again. What the fück are you doing here ? It’s an old story and you’re looking to continue the discussion so you get the last word in again. Truly pathetic.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Says the dooosh that showed up to spout off about a company he doesn’t like… oh okay. Hypocrite much? You got laid off/ fired from BBRY, didn’t you? Why else would you spend so much time being chapped about a company that has no impact on your sad life?

    • Rumble and Sway

      Since you ask, no I didnt work for this farce but I know others who did. You may be surprised and more interested to know of the bullshît that goes on with this company that most don’t know about. Clearly you don’t.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Ohh… so you didn’t work there (and have no actual skin in the game) but of course you know others that did… so take it upon yourself like the caped troll crusader to right the perceive ills within BlackBerry (because apparently no other company in the world has issues… heck, I bet it is even perfect for every employee at Apple) by making it your life’s mission to trawl the Internet to talk isht about BBRY every chance you get. Gotcha. You go girl!!!

    • Rumble and Sway

      The truth really does hurt doesn’t it? Rather than accept reality you resort to making it personal yet again. You don’t really know anything about this company and yet you persist in making an aśś out of yourself on every story.

      Tell us again what YOUR interest is in this company? Or does the terms of contract prevent you from doing such?

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      What truth? That you’re a sad doooshbag with no life so he spends his days and nights trolling a company that has no impact on his life? Gotcha… again… you go girl!!!

      Ps. Never worked there… sorry bro. I just troll sad doooshbags like you..

    • Rumble and Sway

      You sure spend a lot of time making it a point to respond to this “sad dooshbag” every chance you get
      Are you sure you’re not projecting your self image on others given your sad and pathetic need to always get the last word in?

      And on that note I’ll leave the floor open to you. Already spent more time with your BS than it’s worth for a day

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Whaaaaaa whaaaaa whaaaa cry moar loser. Run along to your sad empty existence and rub one out to your “down with Chen” poster.

    • LMAO … awesome. maybe the chicken will get a good choken during this stroke to re-enlist his faith in that down with chen poster.

    • KiwiBri

      because its more fun to laugh at BB.
      Seriously, its because there are a lot of BB users (I think?) still out there..

    • St. Misery

      MS hates BB10, couldn’t even be bothered to pretend just a little bit. If you need proof just look up some of the device reviews.

  • Mhee123D

    End of 2016 should be enough for those users to either update or more than likely get a new phone. Even worse if you were only relying on a Cheap Blackberry as your sole communication with others. Android users not as much, but I know people that only have a Blackberry for Whatsapp instead of paying for a Data/Text Plan.

    • dc2000

      The newer BlackBerry’s (BB10) don’t have compression for data like it had in legacy BB OS’s. Nothing wrong with a BB10 device, I have the Classic and it does me well.

    • Mhee123D

      No disrespect for BB10 devices (I personally want to use a Passport), but the fact of the matter is that buying a $599 Passport or buying a $30 BB Bold, Any current BB device (excluding Priv) is going to have zero support for Whatsapp.

      Tons of 3rd world countries use cheap blackberries with whatapp to communicate to each other. Cutting down on a entire line of phone is crazy. Good Article by the way

  • MassDeduction

    A minor correction: “WhatsApp will also discontinue support for Windows 7.1,” should refer to “Windows Phone 7.1”, not Windows 7.1.

    What’s Windows Phone 7.1, you ask? It’s the “Mango” update. Wasn’t that called Windows Phone 7.5, you enquire? Yes, it was ultimately marketed as Windows Phone 7.5, but was called Windows Phone 7.1 during development and still bears that name internally in all the development documentation.

    Worth noting that Windows Phone 7.8 and later appears to still be on the supported list for Whatsapp.

  • Andrew English

    What’s BB10?? 😉 I am glad BBRY did the right thing and cut BB10 away from themselves. BB10 just doesn’t resemble anything, it doesn’t resemble iOS or Windows OS, or Android OS which the other three do amungst themselves, this explains why BB10 is a failure, an experience that fell off the tracks early on. I had the Z10 when it first came out and decided switch a Note 4 when the came out because I realized the true like so many people have done as individuals and leaders of companies who used to use BBRY as their own device. Bottom line is I happen to see WhatApp has finally clued in.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      ZOMG you used a Z10 in one of the early stages of BB10. Congrats. Saying it suck is like me saying Android Marshmallow sucks because I used an old device running Gingerbread and it was horrible.

    • Rumble and Sway

      BB10 is garbage. Just deal with it. Geesus! EVEN the company is admitting its failure

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Buh Buh Buh lighting a fuse? Right hypocrite… since my comment wasn’t even directed at you.

      Ps. How are they admitting its failure when they are continuing to support it? Thought so… take a seat

    • Rumble and Sway

      Oh really? You started in here by posting your bullshît to me and others for the same purpose. To troll the fûck out of the place and get a rise out of people doing so.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Pffffft… and that wasn’t what you were doing? Riiiiight…take your meds dumb fuq

    • Rumble and Sway

      Pffft?? Did you see the board stretch on to 20 posts like it always does when you show your ugly face out here? Get real

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Yeah… none of those comments were yours, were they? Get real troll… heck, your avatar photo proves you’re nothing but a troll.

    • Rumble and Sway

      My avatar is the best visual expression I can come up dealing with dîcks like you

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Thought so….TROLL

  • Joshua G. Cumberbatch

    Shouldn’t really be a surprise since the userbase of BB10 has declined so much. It’s amazing that back in my high school days almost everyone wanted a BB. Now it’s either a iPhone 6S or a Galaxy S6.

  • Dylan Kuehl

    Discontinuing support for Nokia S40, S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 – awesome, supporting platforms that are over half a decade old is a waste of time and resources for the company to support the grand total of 17 people still using WhatsApp on those platforms.

    Discontinuing support for BB10 – That’s an odd choice. We know that BB10 isn’t doing well but there are still loyalists and a small modern market share. Maybe they saw the PRIV running Android and now they’re hoping BB changes gears completely and releases all of their new phones with it.

  • Rumble and Sway

    Why is anyone surprised by this? BB10 has been dead as a doornail for years and yet people still post how much MS hates Blackberry or that some small band of fanatical troglodytes who cling to those bricks should be favoured with applications on a dead platform going nowhere.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Is anyone surprised this clown is here trolling BBRY? Your life must be pretty empty and sad.

    • Rumble and Sway

      So what th hell are YOU doing here huh? Being an aśśhole like usual making sure you get the last word pumping your favorite dog

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      You don’t like BBRY so what are YOU doing here? I know… trolling like an asssssshole

    • Rumble and Sway

      No I don’t like the company but I posted only twice here before you decided to put your two cents in. Again, only to stoke a fight which is all your good for. Arsehole

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      But you spouting off wasn’t to “stoke a fight”? Oh okay clown..

    • Rumble and Sway

      You started posting tonight to light the fuse because you always need to get the last word. It’s your M.O and a typical trait of aśśholes.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Naaaw… I just had some down time between projects and thought i’d check out the site… and of course what do I see to my surprise… this dooosh trolling a BBRY article.. but you trolling BBRY doesn’t make you an arsehole, does it? SMFH

    • Rumble and Sway

      Down time between shifts working the boiler room pumping dogshît companies. Is more like it.

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Oh, you mean like your unemployed arse spending his pathetic life being the caped crusader to take down BBRY on the interwebz?

    • Rumble and Sway

      The company is doing a fine job taking itself down. It doesn’t need help from me or others on a message board

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Yet you are here… like clockwork…the caped anti-BBRY crusader…

  • deltatux

    I don’t see this as a giant issue as enterprising individuals will likely sideload the Android version but native versions are usually better than the Android versions.

  • Kinda odd to stop supporting a new and still running operating system. I wonder if this has something to do with the new Whatsapp facebook has planned in the near future.

  • El Capitan Morgan

    This is a WTF for Blackberry users but then Blackberry is going Android so it shouldn’t be that bad.

  • HelloCDN

    Some people still run Windows XP with DOS-programs… Coincidentally, they are the most annoying people to talk to…

  • BBRYSUXBALLS_2.1

    Another winner for BB0

    • Whaaa Whaaaa Flagging Cowards

      Another article this pressed loser is trolling