No WhatsApp for Symbian phones from December 31

WhatsApp on Symbian
Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp has started notifying its Symbian users that the service will stop working on their phones from December 31. According to a report by All About Symbian, WhatsApp is probably discontinuing the app because “servers dedicated to handling Symbian-specific traffic are being reassigned or decommissioned”.

Symbian phone users across the world are receiving notifications from WhatsApp, which reads, “Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use WhatsApp after 31/12/2016 because WhatsApp will no longer support your phone.”

The notifications shouldn’t come as a surprise as in February this year WhatsApp announced these plans on an official blog post.

The company had said that it will stop supporting all BlackBerry OS versions (including BlackBerry 10); Nokia’s Symbian S40 and Symbian S60 versions; dated Android versions, 2.1 Eclair and 2.2 Froyo and Windows Phone 7.1 totting devices by the end of this calendar year.

It is interesting to note that when WhatsApp was launched in 2009, BlackBerry and Symbian were the operating systems that helped its growth. At that time Android and iOS amounted to about 25 per cent of all devices.

Soon after WhatsApp announced its plans to kill the service for BlackBerry and Symbian, Facebook also ended support for all BlackBerry 10 devices from March 31 this year.

The major reason why most developers are ending support to these operating system could be their failure to adapt to the changing times. While Android and iOS offered new ways to make smartphones essential for present times by launching a new version every year, Symbian and BlackBerry lost the sheen they enjoyed earlier.

However, BlackBerry has already started making Android phones, Nokia is also working with a Finland-based company HMD to manufacture Android smartphones and tablets.

Source by indiatoday…

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