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BlackBerry disappointed after Facebook, WhatsApp end BB 10 support

BlackBerry is disappointed as not just WhatsApp but Facebook too decides to end support for BlackBerry OS 10 services by the end of 2016.

By: IANS | New York | Updated: March 23, 2016 1:20 pm
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It is not just WhatsApp that decided to end support for BlackBerry OS 10 services by the end of 2016, Facebook too is leaving the BlackBerry platform after announcing to discontinue support of its application programming interfaces (APIs) for BlackBerry. The Canada-based firm is disappointed.

In a blog post, Lou Gazzola, senior manager in charge of BlackBerry’s App Ecosystem and Developer Outreach team, said they are disappointed as they know so many users love these apps (Facebook and WhatsApp).

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“We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands (but let them know how you feel on social media, using the hashtag #IloveBB10Apps),” Gazzola posted.

“Our commitment to BlackBerry 10 and to developers has not changed – we know our developer community continues to be one of the strongest proponents of BlackBerry 10 and they are creating thousands of apps every month,” he added.

Facebook’s decision comes as BlackBerry begins to look beyond its own operating system.

Last year, it introduced its own Android-based phone called the Priv. Priced at Rs 62,990 with a sleek design and touch-sensitive keys that allows users to swipe, scroll and set up shortcuts, Priv comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry’s DTEK for Android that allows user to improve privacy level and monitor access to the phone.

Must Read: BlackBerry Priv #ExpressReview: A lot to love here, except the price

“As a way to support them and to promote new apps, we’re now featuring some of the best native applications on BlackBerry World in a list called ‘Great Apps on BlackBerry’. The category will be a list of 20 applications, featured for two weeks, once per month, similar to the way we feature apps on the BlackBerry World Carousel,” Gazzola posted.

“We look forward to new apps and new customers on BlackBerry 10 and thank our developer community for their continued strong support,” he added.

According to Facebook, 99.5 percent of smartphone sales today are covered by mobile phone operating systems from Apple, Google and Microsoft. Other phones to be hit by the WhatsApp decision include Nokia S40 and the Nokia Symbian S60 as well as the older Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems, The Verge reported.

“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,” the company wrote in a blog post. “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,” it added.

The company recommended “upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp”.

Also Read: WhatsApp will end support for BlackBerry, Windows, Symbian platforms by 2016 end

Nearly one billion people across the world are using the popular app with 42 billion messages being exchanged daily, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced recently.

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    varun tiwari
    May 16, 2017 at 6:46 am
    I love BlackBerry 10 and I love these features also, this is very wrost decision by whats app and facebook, there are no phone in the market which perform like blackberry and I decide to be with blackberry and say bye bye to whats app and facebook
    1. Aamrapali Sonawane
      Jul 1, 2016 at 3:16 am
      There is no other no-nonsense phone in the market today other than BlackBerry 10. It's a hardcore business device that does not interest houseviwes, employees and students who form a majority of the poce, if you discount those businessmen who have shifted to iPhone purely as a status symbol, following herd tendency.
      1. J
        Nov 22, 2016 at 9:39 am
        #iloveBB10Apps why kill a platform we love just kepp support and let the user pay for the app like it was before. 1$ per year. and for facebook also.
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          Nimish Sarawate
          Aug 12, 2016 at 9:15 am
          If you want,you can provide paid service of Whatsapp for Blackberry like it was..1$ (55 Rs.) year..we don't have any problem with that.. lt;br/gt;#IloveBB10Apps
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            charles B
            Jul 3, 2016 at 7:38 am
            Does it means that blackberry can't improve on there software they still a enough time adjust with demand if there wish to cooperate with whatsapp and facebook if not the company will loss it customer imagine that facts of nonsensical BBM can't supported whatsapp and fb application that should shame to BBM community and not the users there is a enough time regarding this offer I rest my ink.
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