There was some bad news coming to some WhatsApp users at the end of this month. The world’s most popular messaging service had said that numerou...
There was some bad news coming to some WhatsApp users at the end of this month.
The world’s most popular messaging service had said that numerous devices including BlackBerry, Nokia and some Android phones would face a permanent block from the app.
However, WhatsApp now seems to have had a change of heart.
In a recent update to firm’s blog they are now stating: “We are extending support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 until June 30, 2017.”
This will come as a huge relief to many BlackBerry owners who looked like they’d soon need to switch to the lastest Android or Apple smartphones.
Sadly, not everyone will be so happy as some phones will still lose support in a few weeks time.
These include: Android 2.1 and Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7 and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6.
WhatsApp understands the news won’t go down well for many users saying: “While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our 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.”
Despite these big changes, WhatsApp is more popular than ever, topping the iOS App Store download charts for 2016.
Apple has just revealed its yearly iTunes and App Store download figures and WhatsApp comes out on top as the biggest free app of the year on the iPhone.
WhatsApp is now used by over one billion people with 42 billion messages and 250 million videos sent every day.
Along with WhatsApp other popular downloads from Apple include Face Swap Live, Minecraft and Candy Crush Saga.
Spotify also continues to be hugely popular although Apple has announced that its new Music streaming service now has over 20 million paid subscribers.