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whatsappThe ever popular WhatsApp messaging service has announced dropping support for BlackBerry and Nokia plaforms by 2017.

The company said in its blog post that when the service was launched in 2009, the popular platforms powering about 70 per cent of devices were by BlackBerry and Nokia, and mobile operating systems offering by Google, Apple and Microsoft, which today account for 99.5 per cent of sales, were less than 25 per cent at that time.

WhatsApp’s announcement also includes Nokia’s low-end S40 and S60 Symbian platforms, as well as the older Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems, the Verge reported.

Based in Mountain View, California, WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook Inc. on February 19, 2014, for approximately USD 19.3 billion.

As of February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of up to one billion making it the most globally popular messaging application.