Android users using unofficial WhatsApp version have no reason to rejoice. The makers of one of the most popular unofficial WhatsApp messenger, GBWhatsApp have officially closed shop and will no longer give any further updates to the app.
GBWhatsApp is not an official app that you can find on the Google Play Store, and it’s Android users were side-loading it from the developer website.
The developers announced they will no longer give support for future builds via a message on their Telegram channel. Which read;
We are really sorry to announce that we have completely stopped the development of GBWhatsApp. It was a great time with all you people. Sorry for the Inconvenience. Hence we have Closed all the Site, Social Accounts and Everything. There will be no further Development.
This comes as no surprise since the WhatsApp has been cracking down on such developers since beginning of the year. WhatsApp went ahead to threaten permanent suspension to GBWhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus users in June 2019. The last attempt to ban all GBWhatsApp users was fruitless as they responded with a new anti-ban GBWhatsApp version.
Some tech pundits suspect that these developers could have been bought by WhatsApp or even still joined them and as part of these was to stop development for their knockoff app. So expect no help from the GBWhatsApp developers when the next temporary ban starts.