It’s another sad day for Blackberry lovers as the world most popular social platform, Facebook joins WhatSapp to end support for Blackberry OS.
At this point, BlackBerry is in a tricky position financially so in an attempt to win back some customers, the company launched its first Android smartphone – Blackberry Priv. However, this has led to some companies, like WhatsApp and Facebook to presume that BlackBerry OS might be dead now, which is causing support to be discontinued by the end of this year.
WhatsApp announced earlier this month that it would be ditching its BlackBerry app by the end of 2016 and Facebook also has confirmed that it would be discontinuing support for the BB API as well.
BlackBerry itself seemed to be moving on from BlackBerry OS so it’s not too surprising to see some companies drop app support completely. Unfortunately, this may end up being another nail in BlackBerry’s coffin as most of the world seems to have moved on.
As you might imagine, this hasn’t gone down too well at BlackBerry HQ, which built its reputation through messaging, email and social network support. BlackBerry admitted that it did get in touch with Facebook and WhatsApp to try and sway them to keep supporting BlackBerry 10 but those discussions didn’t go favourably.
BlackBerry also took this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to BlackBerry OS, adding “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). Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure our end users have the best experience in light of this decision, and are continuing to search for alternate solutions…”
So, it is now up to all lovers of Blackberry OS. If you love blackberry, let Facebook know how you feel with this hastag #ILOVEBB10Apps on social media.
If you’re still clinging onto a BlackBerry and use Facebook, do you want to be using a ticking time bomb? it might be time to consider upgrading to a new device.