7 years on, Whatsapp is cutting support to phones which run Operating systems which aren’t mainstream. The following is from the Whatsapp Website
“When we started WhatsApp in 2009, people’s use of mobile devices looked very different from today. The Apple App Store was only a few months old. About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia. Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft – which account for 99.5 percent of sales today – were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time.
As we look ahead to our next seven years, we want to focus our efforts on the mobile platforms the vast majority of people use. So, by the end of 2016, we will be ending support for WhatsApp Messenger 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
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.
This was a tough decision for us to make, but the right one in order to give people better ways to keep in touch with friends, family, and loved ones using WhatsApp. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp.”
Looks like demand for these Operating Systems would drop too as many people have Whatsapp as a requirement when looking at phones. What Do you guys think? Would people who use phones that run these Os’s opt for a new platform? It would still be tough for another company to break into a market that has been dominated by the Facebook owned company. Especially as Whastapp has an estimated 1 billion users!
Yes as of February 26th 2016, Whatsapp has an estimated 1 Billion users! That a seventh of the population of the world.