WhatsApp extends support for BlackBerry, Nokia until July 2017

Encrypted messaging app WhatsApp first announced its big move on the last day of February. We now know that the move will not fully take place before the last of the year as originally promised.

The Facebook-owned company has updated its original post that announced the end of WhatsApp support on several older mobile software platforms.

But if you have a Nokia S40, a Symbian S60 or a BlackBerry OS (including BB10) device, fret a little less — WhatsApp announced it will continue support for your device through June 30, 2017.

Those of you who have smartphones running any version of Android earlier than 2.3 Gingerbread will still be locked out at the end of the year — and even then, good luck firing up the Google Play Store. Windows Phone 7 and iOS 6 users will also find the same to happen to you. The company is advising that you upgrade your phone.

With over a billion users, WhatsApp is turning the page on millions of them — beginning in just days.

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Windows 10 Mobile transition slow, but happening with OS share at 14 percent

The faster the word “Phone” fades and the word “Mobile” brightens, the better off Microsoft will be. But it’s gonna be a long, long, long run.AdDuplex has issued a new report for Windows device statistics for this month and it says that while Windows Phone 8.1 still makes up about 77 percent of the ecosystem, Windows 10 Mobile’s stance at 14 percent represents accelerated growth from previous months.“Last month the growth doubled from 0.5% to 1%. This month it more ...

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WhatsApp gets ready to drop unpopular platforms – including BlackBerry

Smartphone software development is a numbers game, and coders want to be sure that the effort they put in to making apps is going to pay off. That’s exactly why we talk about the “app gap” between platforms, as devs preferentially prepare software for the most popular operating systems – at the expense of those that don’t have quite as large user bases. It turns out this practice is just as important for software maintenance as it is for initial development, and while an app may have once been available for a certain platform, the migration of users to its peers can cause ...

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Pocketnow Throwback: Dell Venue Pro (Video)

Looking for our original Dell Venue Pro review from 2011? Check it out here. Wondering about the tablet family with the same name from 2013? Peep this. Want a sweet nostalgia trip? See below.•There was a time when manufacturers still pushed the boundaries of industrial design, when Windows Phone was the newest smartphone platform around, and Dell still called ...

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Pocketnow Throwback: HTC HD2 (Video)

Even at launch, there was nothing humble about the HTC HD2. With the largest screen ever grafted onto a smartphone, the first-of-its-kind Qualcomm Scorpion SoC, and the heaviest skin ever crafted for a Windows Mobile device (here called “HTC Sense” for the first time), the HD2 was a behemoth – the biggest spec beast ever devised. It married the touch-and-go simplicity of the iPhone with the power of WinMo 6 to produce the best Microsoft-powered smartphone anyone ...

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Microsoft kills Xbox video content for Windows Phone 7 starting February 2014

Microsoft has announced some improvements to its Xbox video catalogue. Great news, because, “this update will allow us to more quickly and efficiently add the highest quality video content to the Xbox Video service”, says the official wording. How about collateral damage? Yes! Sadly, “as a result, beginning in late February 2014, any Xbox Video content you own as of then, will no longer be playable through the Zune PC client, Zune devices, or Windows Phone 7 devices.” Microsoft apologizes for the inconvenience and lets all Windows Phone 7.x users still using the ...

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Facebook Beta updated with performance improvements, Windows Phone 7 support

If you have a Windows Phone 7 and you’ve always wanted the Facebook app that Windows Phone 8 users are now using, you can do it, as of today, thanks to Microsoft. The company has updated its Facebook Beta application to add support for Windows Phone 7. Grab it at the source below. If you’re on Windows Phone 8 and are already using the Beta, make sure to update your client as the new version brings “performance improvements and bug fixes”. It is visibly faster than the previous version, though not as fast as we’d like it to be. Source:

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The Best Part of Windows Phone 7 is Now the Worst Part of Windows Phone 8

You might be able to read that headline and interpret it as saying that everything in Windows Phone 8 has improved so much that the best part of the previous version is now the worst part of the latest version.  Or you might read that as saying the best part of the previous version has been completely ruined in Windows Phone 8.  The latter is going to be the case here. Let’s start with what was in my opinion the best part of Windows Phone 7; the Music & Videos hub combined with the fantastic Zune Pass service.  Back in 2010 there was nothing like it.  Nothing else was as good ...

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Microsoft Doesn’t Have a ‘Plan B’ In Mobile Strategy, But They Don’t Need One

Microsoft CFO Peter Klein recently had a chat with Reuters while attending the annual Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference. During this chat he mentioned that Microsoft was “very focused on continuing the success we have with PCs and taking that to tablets and phones.” When asked, citing Microsoft’s relatively unimpressive 3% market share, if there was a ‘Plan B’ to their mobile strategy, Klein’s response was just as corporate mouthpiece-ish. ...

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Upgrade Your Windows Phone Now

Sitting on the couch the other night, I saw a commercial that really piqued my interest.  Lumia 920 from AT&T – buy one get one free. Holy Crow! That’s just the excuse that I’ve been looking for! Sure I’d have to go on contract again – I haven’t bought an AT&T phone since June of 2010 – but this might just be worth it. But wait. As much as a Lumia 920 would fulfill a good portion of my smart phone naughty dreams, is this REALLY the best time to pony up $100 and the next two years of my life on a new phone? Can the Lumia 920 still be considered a “new” phone? It ...

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Five Maddening Things About Windows Phone

Part of me has always rooted for the underdog. I was a huge fan of webOS when I first caught wind of it; I loved Android long before it ever came to market; I pulled for MeeGo until it was evident the OS had no future with Nokia; and I’m currently rooting for Jolla’s MeeGo-based Sailfish OS, Ubuntu Phone OS, Ubuntu for Android and Open webOS. While not all of these up-and-coming platforms will succeed, I continue to pull for them – they each have a golden nugget of potential. Some consider Windows ...

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