But it seems that BlackBerry 10 users have received a small reprieve, with WhatsApp saying they’ll get a ‘grace period’. It is unclear when users Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS have obtained an identical reprieve, and we’ve reached out for affirmation. The reason behind the movement, WhatsaApp says, is the dwindling user base on the various platforms as consumers are sticking to Android and iOS.
In a statement to CrackBerry, a site which follows improvements around the BlackBerry platform, WhatsApp for BlackBerry 10 will proceed on “deprecation” mode.
It will nonetheless continue to function for a brief grace period, but some behaviors will change. Most of all, you will no longer be able to re-register your accounts with the program. That means if you delete and reinstall it (or install it on a different phone), it will no longer let you confirm your phone number and finish the setup process. Following the grace period, which will be approximately two weeks, the app will go into ‘expired’ 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 period, our servers will quit allowing the client to connect also.) However, as soon as it’s expired, the BlackBerry 10 client program may still allow you to get your existing message content on your phone. This behaviour should be similar to that which was seen by everybody who forgot to upgrade their app the final time our printed expiration date had passed.
On its site, WhatsApp had formerly written, “These platforms do not give the kind of capabilities we have to expand our program’s features in the long run. If you use one of those affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or into some newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or even Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.”
It was initially 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 support 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 that the huge majority of people use,” the company said.
The most popular messaging program in the world, WhatsApp has more than a billion active users across platforms worldwide. It has introduced a host of new features last year, including the option to delete sent messages, another service for businesses, a new Status, live location sharing, among others in 2017 on Android, iOS, and other platforms.