WhatsApp has dropped support for various mobile phone platforms starting December 31, 2017. The Company said that users will not be able to use WhatsApp on Blackberry OS, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 8, and older devices. Despite the fact that 2018 has got into gear, WhatsApp seems to be still working on BlackBerry 10.
Providing an extension for BB 10 users, the Facebook-owned Company confirmed that the messaging app will continue working on these devices, but only for the time being. Users can still make use of WhatsApp on BlackBerry for around two weeks before the support eventually drops. WhatsApp said,
“WhatsApp will still continue to function for a short grace period, but some behaviors will change. Most importantly, you will no longer be able to re-register your account with the app.”
In simple words, even though you can use WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10, it will undergo some behavior changes. In case you delete and reinstall WhatsApp or install it on a different phone, the app will no longer allow you to verify your mobile number and complete the setup process. For now, WhatsApp is in a ‘deprecation’ mode on BB platform and will be still functional ‘for a short grace period’.
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According to reports, BlackBerry users have an approximately two weeks of the grace period. After that, WhatsApp on BlackBerry will enter the ‘expired mode’. Once it’s in the expired mode, the app will stop working as a usable WhatsApp client and thus will no longer to connect to its servers. However, it may still enable you to access your existing message content on your device.
The messaging giant has given various warnings to Windows Phone and BB owners. It was originally announced that there’s no more WhatsApp on Windows Phone and BlackBerry in June 2017. Recently, the Company released a list of all phones which will not support WhatsApp from 2018.
The messaging tycoon has explained why it’s dropping support for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, and Windows Phone 8. WhatsApp said that since these mobile platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities, which the app will provide in the future. It also confirmed that the app will stop working on Nokia S40 after December 31, 2018, while Android version 2.3.7 and older will support the app until February 1, 2020.
Though WhatsApp is still working on BlackBerry 10 OS, it’s not clear whether the app is also working on Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry OS.