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WhatsApp to end support for older operating systems

Instant messaging app WhatsApp has become one of the most popular applications among youngsters and users of all age groups. The messaging app has been around for seven years now and in recent times the app hit one billion active users in a month.
The increasing popularity of the app has forced the company to pull back the support from several platforms including Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. WhatsApp in a recent blog post said that when it was launched in 2007, about 70 percent of the smartphones were made by Nokia and BlackBerry.
But now Android, Windows Phones and iOS make up for 99.5 percent of the smartphone sales. During its launch time three operating systems were found in less than 25 percent of the devices that were sold. The company has also said that it will end support for Android 2.1, 2.2and Windows Phone 7.1. WhatsApp wrote, “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 decision is not likely to affect a big majority of people in the US and Europe. But these operating systems are still popular in some of the popular developing markets.
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