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WhatsApp ends support for older systems

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Tomás Freres-Flete

WhatsApp LogoFacebook acquired WhatsApp, the world's most popular messenger, more than just a couple of months ago. Competitors such as Skype, Telegram or Google Hangouts are trailing far behind. WhatsApp has been a thorn in the side of mobile network operators for quite a while now, as its rise has all but destroyed revenues and income from text message services. Now, WhatsApp has announced it will end support of various antiquated mobile platforms.

This specifically affects both Symbian versions S40 and S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, BlackBerry OS up to version 10, and Windows Phone 7.1. WhatsApp claims Windows Phone 8, iOS and newer Android versions already account for a 99 percent share of the smartphone market, and thus almost cover the entire worldwide user base. In addition, the old systems no longer offer the opportunity for innovative new features, according to developers.

WhatsApp advises users who want to continue using the popular messenging app to switch to a device with a newer operating system. Owners of a device running BlackBerry OS 10 can also install WhatsApp as an Android APK.

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