What dictates which mobile handset customers will buy - hardware or software?

What dictates which mobile handset customers will buy - the hardware or the software? Facebook using is clout to get users to upgrade smartphones.

Times of India reports there's some bad news for BlackBerry users, global messaging service WhatsApp is ending support for BlackBerry devices by the end this year. The Facebook-owned company announced this in a blogpost. Also to get the axe will be mobile phones running on Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.1 and 2.2, and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems. "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," said the company in the post.

WhatsApp has asked users to upgrade to a new device in order to continue to use its messaging service. "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," says the company in the blogpost.

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