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WhatsApp to be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia operating systems by 2017

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Earlier this week, messaging service WhatsApp celebrated its seventh anniversary with its one billion active users, but the team waited until Friday night to bury some less positive news: the app will soon be discontinued on BlackBerry and Nokia devices running those companies’ operating systems.

Yes, that includes BlackBerry 10 — an OS that last shipped on a new phone less than a year and a half ago. BlackBerry itself eschewed the OS when building its latest flagship, the Android-powered Priv slider phone, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that major developers like the Facebook-owned WhatsApp are abandoning it as well.

WhatsApp‘s announcement also includes Nokia’s low-end S40 and S60 Symbian platforms, as well as the older Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems. The Nokia S40 discontinuation will likely put many users of older Nokia phones in developing countries in a bit of a bind. WhatsApp suggests “upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone” if you want to keep on using the service — if not, you’ll need to find another messaging service by the end of the year, when the app will be officially discontinued on the older platforms.
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