WhatsApp being one of the most used online global messaging platform has rolled out a very bad news for Blackberry and Nokia users. WhatsApp Will No Longer Be Available On BlackBerry And Nokia Platforms by the end of this year 2016. In addition to the Blackberry OS, the mobile phones that run on Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows 7.1, Nokia Symbian S60 and Nokia S40 are the affected operating systems for which the WhatsApp messaging service will be suspended for, by the end of 2016.
WhatsApp claims that, “1 out of 7 people are using the services offered by WhatsApp”. An estimate of almost One billion people use WhatsApp as of today. This Febraury, WhatsApp celebrated its 7th birthday by reaching the benchmark of One billion users. Also, on an average, 42 billion messages are sent on WhatsApp, while 1.6 billion photos and 250 million videos are being transferred through WhatsApp on every single day.
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Why WhatsApp Will No Longer Be Available On BlackBerry And Nokia Platforms?
The company, in a post, mentioned that the phones that no longer are to avail the services of WhatsApp do not offer the capabilities in the future for them to expand the app’s features. Hence, they had to take this tough decision by completely denying the services. Also in a blogpost, the company says, “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.”
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With the number of smartphones rolling out in the market, the users with such outdated smartphones might be very low. But, for the users using such smartphones, this should be the perfect reason to switch to a newer version of Android. After all, the smartness of a smartphone, the essence of it couldn’t be really experienced without WhatsApp installed in it.
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When “Brian Acton” founded WhatsApp, he made this one strict rule: “to never display ADs, or promote WhatsApp”, no matter what. He was always annoyed with the ADs and so he never really wanted to make his own app annoying to other users. WhatsApp gained its popularity in no time, without a single penny being invested for its promotion.
In 2014, when Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a whooping $19 Billion, there were rumors circling on the web, that Brian made a deal with Mark Zuckerberg to strictly stick to his only rule: “Never display ADs on WhatsApp.” That might be the reason for us not seeing any kind of ADs on WhatsApp so far. Thanks to Brian Acton.
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However, banning the services of WhatsApp to a particular sect of old and outdated versions of smartphones might not be really a bad idea. What do you think? Share your views with us. Also do Subscribe To Interest Waypoint. Thank You.