WhatsApp, the messaging service has announced that it is dropping support for BlackBerry and Nokia platforms.

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The company said in its blog post that when the service was launched in 2009, the popular platforms powering about 70 per cent of devices were by BlackBerry and Nokia, and mobile operating systems offering by Google, Apple and Microsoft, which today account for 99.5 per cent of sales, were less than 25 per cent at that time.

Most of the operating systems that WhatsApp is dropping support for are legacy operating systems, which are no longer updated or installed on new devices.

The exception is Blackberry 10, which was launched in January 2013 and is still being developed by Blackberry.

“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,” the announcement explained. “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.”

The full list of operating systems WhatsApp will stop supporting is:

  • Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
  • Blackberry OS 7 and earlier
  • Blackberry 10
  • Nokia S40
  • Nokia Symbian S60
  • Windows Phone 7.1

The company also said that these mobile devices, does not have the capabilities to support the features that the company plans to add in the app.

Moving forward, WhatsApp has one piece of advice for any of its users who are still using one of the aforementioned operating systems: Upgrade to iPhone, a more modern Android, or a Windows Phone device by the end of 2016.

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