WhatsApp is now ‘dead’ on BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 OS, and Windows Phone 8.0 (and Elderly) operating systems, since it’s passed its end-of-life date of December 31, 2017.
However, it appears that BlackBerry 10 consumers have gotten a slight reprieve, with WhatsApp saying they will find a ‘grace period’. It’s unclear if users on Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS have obtained a similar reprieve, and we have reached out for affirmation. The main reason behind the movement, WhatsaApp says, is that the dwindling user base on the respective platforms as customers are sticking to Android and iOS.
In a statement to CrackBerry, a website that follows developments around the BlackBerry platform, WhatsApp to get BlackBerry 10 will go on “deprecation” mode.
It is going to still continue to work for a short grace period, but some behaviors will change. Most importantly, you may no longer be able to re-register your accounts with the app. That means if you delete and reinstall it (or install it onto another phone), it will no longer let you confirm your phone number and complete the installation procedure. Following the grace period, which is roughly two weeks, the program will go into ‘died’ mode.
At this point, it will stop functioning as a usable WhatsApp customer, and thus will no longer connect to our servers. (Around this exact same time, our servers will quit allowing the client to join also.) However, once it’s expired, the BlackBerry 10 client program may still allow you to access your existing message content onto your cell phone. This behaviour should be similar to what was seen by everybody who forgot to update their app the last time our printed expiration date had passed.
On its site, WhatsApp had formerly written, “These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we have to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or into a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so you can continue using WhatsApp.”
It was first announced in that WhatsApp service for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8.0 will end in 2016. This was later extended to December 31, 2017. WhatsApp would also end service for Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018 and Android variations 2.3.7 and elderly after February 1, 2020.
“As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the huge majority of people use,” the company said.
The most popular messaging program in the world, WhatsApp has over a billion busy users across platforms worldwide. It’s introduced a plethora of new features this past year, including the choice to delete sent messages, another support for businesses, a new Status, live place sharing, among others in 2017 on Android, iOS, and other programs.