WhatsApp will end BlackBerry support

Blackberry Priv VeniceWhile BlackBerry has started to distance itself from its proprietary operating system in recent months, launching its first fully fledge Android device last autumn, it seems that third parties that had previously been onboard with BB10 are now also abandoning ship.

Pocket Lint reports that WhatsApp, one of the world’s most popular instant messaging services, has officially confirmed that it intends to end support for BB10 in the near future, along with outdated platforms like Symbian and Windows Phone 7.1.

BB10 is three years old and although it has appeared on various devices, including the BlackBerry Q5 and Passport, it has failed to catch on as a commercial endeavour, with the Canadian manufacturer seeing its market share slip.

The move to embrace Android made by the firm last year is likely to inform its releases in 2016, with at least one more device powered by Google’s OS on the horizon. And if WhatsApp ends support for BB10, then users may see even less reason to stick with their current BlackBerry handset.

WhatsApp, owned by social networking giant, Facebook, has hundreds of millions of users globally and recently announced that it would no longer be charging customers an annual fee to use its platform.