NEW YORK — Popular messaging service WhatsApp is discontinuing service on BlackBerry and Nokia devices by the end of 2016.
A spokesperson posted on the company’s blog Friday about what’s ahead for the app as it turns seven.
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today,” the post read.
At the time the app released, the Apple App Store was only a few months old. The majority of smartphones sold were from BlackBerry and Nokia. The company says by the end of 2016, they will be ending support on the following mobile platforms.
- BlackBerry, including BlackBerry 10
- Nokia S40
- Nokia Symbian S60
- Android 2.1 and Android 2.2
- Windows Phone 7.1
WhatsApp says the devices don’t “offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
The Facebook-owned app currently has more than 900 million users sending over 10 billion messages a month. The move comes as a
Technology research firm Gartner reports that BlackBerry commands less than one percent of the smartphone market. When WhatsApp hit the app stores, BlackBerry dominated the industry with over 70%.