WhatsApp would No More Be Functional on Some Blackberry Phones

WhatsApp would No More Be Functional on Some Blackberry Phones

With less than a week to go, the Facebook-owned unit announced it would cease support for its app on these platforms from 31 December 2017. The WhatsApp support for the newer Android phones by the company will still be provided in the future.

Further support will be cut for Nokia S40 devices from December 31, 2018 and Android versions 2.3.7 and older after February 1, 2020. "If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp". Oh, and WhatsApp claims its app could stop functioning at any time, so maybe it's time for that upgrade.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile app used by more than 1 billion people in over 180 countries to stay in touch with friends and family, anytime and anywhere.

"As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use".

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WhatsApp is quite remarkable in its support for older platforms and devices. BlackBerry OS has been around for over two decades now, running on devices like BlackBerry Bold and BlackBerry Curve, and was succeeded by BlackBerry 10 in 2013. Blackberry 10 was its ambitious replacement which failed to give iOS and Android a run for its money and was eventually forgotten by Blackberry themselves.

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Windows phone users will have no problem with the app as long as they have the newer operating systems.

The petitioner Gurmeet Singh backed his demand with argument that the middle-finger emoji is an "obscene and lewd" gesture. The notice from a Delhi-based lawyer demands that the middle-finger emoji should be removed within 15 days, or he will file criminal or civil cases against the company. In the notice, he quoted Sections 354 and 509 of Indian Penal Code, which classifies showing obscene, lewd, offensive gestures to females as an offence.

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