Fb joins WhatsApp in dropping BlackBerry help

Facebook joins WhatsApp in dropping BlackBerry support

BlackBerry-loving gadget clutchers are dealing with a difficult selection in the event that they want to proceed to work together with their buddies: WhatsApp, Fb and Fb Messenger all hit the “unfriend” button on the struggling telephone maker’s newest working system, BlackBerry 10.

Fb-owned WhatsApp made a hesitant and half-hearted debut on the BlackBerry platform three years in the past, and introduced on the tail-finish of final month that it was rescinding that call.

“Whereas these cellular units have been an essential a part of our story, they don’t supply the type of capabilities we have to broaden our app’s options sooner or later,” the corporate introduced. They’re shutting down help for BlackBerry, together with working methods like Symbian S60, S40 and historic variations of Android.

This week, Fb and Fb Messenger are following in WhatsApp’s footsteps, saying that each will cease supporting BlackBerry’s personal OS later this yr. In fact, BlackBerry fashions operating Android, such because the BlackBerry Priv, will proceed to have the ability to run the Android model of Fb’s apps.

“We’re extraordinarily disenchanted of their choice as we all know so many customers love these apps. We fought again to work with WhatsApp and Fb to vary their minds, however right now, their choice stands,” a spokesperson for BlackBerry wrote on the official BlackBerry weblog.

Fb stated that ninety nine.5 % of smartphone gross sales at the moment are coated by cell phone working methods from Apple, Google and Microsoft.

BlackBerry customers will proceed to have the ability to use the cellular net model of Fb to submit and eat content material, however with no native shopper, will probably be arduous to ship an inexpensive consumer expertise for BlackBerry 10 customers. For patrons who care about social media, this transfer probably means shopping for a BlackBerry is off the desk, which is undoubtedly a tough blow for the corporate. However, BlackBerry has been aimed extra on the company/enterprise market for a very long time, and it’s potential that the shortage of native social media shoppers is much less of a problem for that cause.

It’s unclear whether or not Fb’s vote of no confidence is just a bit bump within the street, or yet one more signal that BlackBerry is circling the drain. The inventory market doesn’t seem to have reacted negatively to the breaking information, however I, for one, am completely happy I don’t personal any BlackBerry inventory.