By Baraka Jefwa
WhatsApp, while turning seven years old, announced that it will no longer be supporting various outdated Operating systems in the near future.
This news was announced via an article, posted on WhatsApp's official blog, which informed that this end of support is set to take effect by the end of 2016, whereby support for WhatsApp Messenger will end for the following mobile platforms: BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S602, Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1.
"Earlier this week WhatsApp turned seven years old. It has been an amazing journey and in the coming months we're putting an even greater emphasis on security features and more ways to stay in touch with the people that you care about," the post read.
"But anniversary dates are also an opportunity to look back. 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. 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," it continued
With views to improve services for its subscribers, who recently reached one billion, WhatsApp is set to focus its efforts on mobile platforms the vast majority of people use, a fete which the messenger hopes to accomplish the next seven years.
WhatsApp informed that the reason it is ending support for the above mentioned platforms is because, they don't offer the kind of capabilities the App developer's needs to expand the app's features in the future.
"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. 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." It concluded.
Baraka Jefwa has been writing for CIO East Africa for 2 years generating technical content for both its online portal and print edition. Jefwa holds a degree in journalism from the University of Nairobi, specializing in development communication, he started as an intern for the magazine and transitioned to a fully fledged Staff Writer over the course of his stay. He applies his knowledge of development communication in his writing, coming up with and also editing topics that seek to fill a gap in the society in order to better the lives of people. You can follow Baraka on Twitter.