For those BlackBerry fans that use WhatsApp, support for both the BBOS and BlackBerry 10 platform will be discontinued by the end of 2016. According to the WhatsApp Blogs, support will be discontinued for the following mobile platforms
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
The one thing that I found to be disheartening was the quote below:
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
For the BB10 operating system, I don’t believe that this is the case. BB10 right now is the most modern, feature rich fully capable “out of the box” operating systems out there, so to me that reason is a cop-out. While there are some out there who don’t use this app, I do believe that discontinuation of support for this app will be the loss of a very widely used multi-platform app in BlackBerry world at a time when they could least afford it.
In BlackBerry world, it was one of the apps that was regularly maintained by the developer and received several updates and fixes throughout the last year, so to many their commitment to BB10 was never in doubt.
For my specific use case, I mainly use BBM, but I do keep in touch with a lot of family members and some close friends who are on other platforms via WhatsApp. Now some in our community, including fellow UTB member Simpleberryroy in his blog post have chosen not to use WhatsApp and I respect their decision. In my specific case, I have made the suggestion to family members to download and try switching to BBM, but realistically there are many that will not, so I continue to use it as I am not prepared to break communication over choice of messaging platform.
My hope is that WhatsApp reconsiders this decision and continue to support BB10, but I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Source: WhatsApp Blog