With New Year’s eve, WhatsApp will bid goodbye to two major mobile platforms. The popular messaging service will stop working on devices that run Windows Phone 8.0, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 from December 31 this year.
The WhatsApp blog post that has expiry dates mentions that devices running Windows Phone 8.0, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10 and older platforms won’t be able to use the app after December 31, 2017.
Back in June, WhatsApp extended support for both the platforms. At the time, the company said it will pull the plug from devices with Nokia S40 on December 31, 2018, while the phones running Android 2.3.7 or older will stop working from February 1, 2020. Phones running on Symbian S60 stopped supporting the messaging app from June 30, 2017. The support for Blackberry and Windows Phone doesn’t seem to have any further extension and will stop working on the mentioned date.
Earlier, Whatsapp rolled out some new features on the beta version which will soon make their way to the stable version of the app.
The PiP feature enables users to multitask while taking a video call. The app now has a new icon that will prompt when a user is taking a video call. After selecting the icon, a picture in picture mode will start in a new window. Users can also resize the video window.
The Private replies feature will allow a user to reply privately to a group message. Now, a person in a group will get an option to message a particular member which other members can’t see. This feature was spotted in the WhatsApp Web version.