WhatsApp is the most popular cross-platform messaging service in the world that’s used to send billions of messages every single day. It’s available on a wide variety of platforms but the Facebook-owned service has also been reducing its presence on platforms that are no longer relevant. BlackBerry 10 and BBOS are two such platforms that WhatsApp has confirmed that it will end support for them come June 30th.
“These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future,” is the reason that WhatsApp has provided for ending support for these platforms. It’s giving similar treatment to the Nokia S40 and Symbian S60 platforms.
WhatsApp recommends that users who will no longer be able to access the service on their BlackBerry handsets should switch their devices to one that’s at least powered by Android 2.3.3, iOS 7 or Windows Phone 8. It has also posted guides on how to transfer chat history from BlackBerry OS and BB10 to other devices via email.
The decision to discontinue support for BlackBerry was actually made at the beginning of last year. The company wanted to end support by December 2016 but based on the feedback it received from the community, it decided to extend the deadline to June 30, 2017. WhatsApp will no longer be accessible on these devices after the aforementioned date.