The ensuing year will not be a very happy one for Nokia and Blackberry users, with messaging service WhatsApp to have decided to pull the plug from Blackberry phones and those driven by Nokia’s Symbian operating system. Consequently, devices like Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1, Android 2.2, Windows Phone 7.1 and Blackberry (including Blackberry 10), will not be supported by WhatsApp.
The Facebook-owned messaging service that was acquired in the year 2014 for a whopping 19 billion USD, said that it was a tough call, but was necessary, in order to find and give people an enhanced way to stay connected. The company has a billion global users, with a major chunk of them in India.
When WhatsApp was relatively novel, most of the smartphone users had operating systems of Blackberry and Nokia. The market gradually tilted and today, has on offer, an array of different operating systems. There are more takers for Google, Apple and Microsoft that together constitute almost 99 per cent of the sales today. The average user has grown out of the rudimentary arcade that has become a tad too unworldly for his taste.
The company credits Blackberry, Nokia and the like for helping it find a foothold, but says “they do not offer the kind of capabilities needed to expand the app’s features”. They also do not have as many users as they once did.
It is safe to say that the market is shifting focus rapidly and consumers are swirling in a whirlpool of self-indulgence. And unless you keep up, you will find yourself in the bottomless pit of obsolescence.