WhatsApp Support for BB10 Extended

WhatsApp has changed up the end dates for EOL of device support, and adds an iPhone to a list of unsupported devices.

As we told you way back in February, WhatsApp was discontinuing support for 5 mobile operating systems. Amongst these OS’s was our own beloved BB10. Support was to end at the end of 2016, and since this was announced, BB10 users have been receiving a persistent message from WhatsApp to change platforms to continue using their service.

It seems those plans have changed since the original announcement. One thing that we have noticed, was that the WhatsApp app has continued to be updated for BB10, even while everyone has expected the app to stop working at the end of the year. The original list of platforms which would lose support was as follows;

  • BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Windows Phone 7.1

That list of platforms has now changed, as well as when that support will end for a few. The platforms which WhatsApp shall end support for at the end of 2016 are Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7, and iPhone 3GS/iOS 6

Strange to see that an iPhone was added to the list with no fanfare. More importantly, BlackBerry get’s an extension. BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, Nokia S40 and Nokia Symbian S60 shall be supported until June 30, 2017.

Perhaps user’s weren’t leaving their platforms fast enough for WhatsApp and they’re hoping more will move before they end support? Or perhaps the developers just like developing for BB10? Who knows? Whatever happened, BB10 WhatsApp users have just gained an additional 6 months of support for their app.

We will remind BB10 users once again, that even when, and if, WhatsApp actually discontinues support for BB10, the WhatsApp android app works very well on BB10. Those that love BB10 and use WhatsApp, do not have to worry about losing out on the service when support ends.

Personally, I would suggest that BB10 WhatsApp users take this additional 6 months to transition friends and family to BBM. After all, if WhatsApp is choosing not to support you the user, why should you choose to support them? Especially when there is a better choice out there?

Take challenge! How many WhatsApp users can you get on BBM in 6 months?

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source: WhatsApp

Brad

BlackBerry Elite Founder & Owner of UTB Blogs and UTB Geek. When I'm not talking or writing about BlackBerry, you'll find me using my BlackBerry.

  • Alan

    Hi Brad, kind of sad. I have a friend who lives in Mexico. We have just an occasional BBM chat. Anyway I received just yesterday a BBM text from him. He was on his way out to buy a new phone because Whatsapp was discontinuing. Seems like by the time I replied, he was already gone as my response was delivered but not read. . Not sure what he bought in the end, but my reply was that WhatsApp would still work even if not supported on his Z30. He is not a tech kind of guy so I did also mentioned that he could purchase a BlackBerry Android Detek50 if he really was going through this just for Whatsapp. Anyway I now see the fabulous green R on BBM, so I know he has read my exchange, but I have not received another response from him. I don’t even know of the DETEK50 is being sold in stores in Mexico. It will be interesting to see what he ended up buying. Also I can’t help wondering how many people (non tech type) have gone out to do the same just because of WhatsApp. He did mention WhatsApp is the thing in Mexico. Still hoping he chose the DETEK50, but not holding my breath on that one. After all there is a good chance the DETEK50 may not have been among the available phones in the store. I did not recommend the Priv because of the price. Only time will tell what he ended up with. Good to know BlackBerry is fighting back the onslaught of BB10 giver uppers with its own Android phones, and its cross platform software. BlackBerry continues and will continue to survive because of matters of privacy and security. We all know when it comes to security and privacy BlackBerry offers the people of the world the best choices. In a world of uncertainty BlackBerry ‘s privacy and security remains strong and the best. Long live BlackBerry.

  • pavanbhokray

    It’s a good news for bb10 users. Hope it will continue in future also. BlackBerry is best and secure phone. If BlackBerry go for promotional activity for BBM definitely it rocks

  • Darkomaster

    Now you have started reporting verifiable fake news)) iPhone 3GS was included in the original list of devices back in February 2016.

    https://blog.whatsapp.com/10000617/WhatsApp-support-for-mobile-devices

  • royo1e

    I would also like to increase my BBM list but now BBM is no longer available for Windows phone. I had few windows BBM users but now they move away. It’s beyond doubt BBM is the best messenger I ever use. BBM suppose to need some serious R&D to compete with..

  • Alan

    For those of you that might be interested, about my friend in Mexico. He has decided to keep his phone the Z30 until WhatsApp does not work on it anymore.

    • Brad

      Good to hear! Now you have 6 months to explain to him that the android apk works, or talk him into a BlackBerry Android device. :)

  • sschultestrathaus

    I am going to transition at least my family over over to BBM. They’re on iPhones and BBM works reasonable well on that platform. Turning off WhatsApp soon (even prior its imminent EOL) as soon as that transition is done.

    FWIW

  • SipoKapumba

    This WhatsApp EOL notification is/was a source of major irritation for BB10 users and forced many to get or consider getting Android devices. I am one of them, but of course, I will be buying my DTEK 60 in time, having now got used to using Android on an LG G4. Coming to WhatsApp, the interface is very basic. It is not as sophisticated at BBM. They have a long way to go to each the user experience of BBM. Unfortunately, lots of things BlackBerry are simply seen as “old school” and “not cool”. The BlackBerry brand, though globally recognised, is largely seen as a “has been” in the mobile phone world. My teenage daughter, who was a passionate BlackBerry fan and still uses a Z10, is now looking at getting an iPhone or an Android, other than a BlackBerry. She simply does not want to have another BlackBerry.

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