Earlier this year Facebook-owned, WhatsApp announced that it will stop support on a lot of phones by the end of this year,
Note: Because we will no longer actively develop for these platforms, some features may stop functioning at any time.
These platforms don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future. If you use one of these affected mobile devices, we recommend upgrading to a newer OS version, or to a newer Android running OS 4.0+, iPhone running iOS 7+, or Windows Phone 8.1+ so that you can continue using WhatsApp.
In Zimbabwe WhatsApp and Facebook accounted for 44.2% and 1.8% respectively of the total internet and data usage as the report by Potraz.
Now to blackberry, this came as a massive blow to the company. The Blackberry 10 OS is found on Blackberry Passport, Blackberry Classic, Q5, Z3, Z10, Z10 these phones when looking at their specs they are amazing the RAMs are 2G, internal memory is at 16GB not mentioning the cameras (back camera more than 8MP, front being 2MP).
With all those good specs Facebook’s WhatsApp and the Facebook Messenger won’t be supported by the end of this year (December 2017), what doesn’t this means is that you won’t be able to download/find WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger on the Blackberry world.
After all that have been said here in Zimbabwe we couldn’t access Blackberries App store so all along we have been downloading the Apps from outside of Zimbabwe, with the Blackberry 10 OS the good part is that this OS supports some Android applications, You can install your WhatsApp .apk in the Blackberry 10 OS but it has a disadvantage of that you won’t be able to send photos and videos to your loved ones, while using the Blackberry 10 OS we noticed that over Wi-fi you can manage to send photos and videos but you cannot upload your status.
Over Mobile Network you can only forward photos that someone has sent you. If you download the latest WhatsApp .apk from any source you will be able to do that, we are not yet sure if this platform will run after December 2017 but we are convinced that they will still work if you have WhatsApp apk running in your Blackberry 10 OS.
You would wonder why Blackberry didn’t update a new Operation System Patch that will support such major instant messengers because their market share is decreasing because no one would want to use a handset without these Applications especially in Zimbabwe.