Blackberry users have only until the end of this year to use the Facebook app of their smartphones after the social media giant has announced that it is dropping BlackBerry 10 and the operating system by the end of 2016.
In a report that appeared in TechCrunch, Facebook follows the footsteps of WhatsApp in abandoning the BlackBerry 10 as well as other operating systems such as the Symbian S60, S40, and ancient versions of Android. However, BlackBerry models running Android, such as the BlackBerry Priv, will still be able to run the Android version of Facebook.
Facebook-owned WhatsApp was hesitant and half-hearted when they debuted on BlackBerry in 2013 and now they have announced that they are rescinding that decision. “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 apps’s features in the future” the company announced.
Blackberry users will continue to be able to use the mobile web version of Facebook to post and use content but the absence of a native client but it will be difficult to deliver a reasonable user experience for BlackBerry 10 users. However, there is still hope as BlackBerry 10 offers support for Android apps through the Amazon app store.
Facebook said that 99.5 percent of smartphone sales today are covered by mobile phone operating systems from Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
“We are extremely disappointed in their decision as we know so many users love these apps. We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands” a spokesperson for BlackBerry wrote on the official company blog.
BlackBerry says that it is now actively looking to offer an alternative solution. But the decision by Facebook and WhatsApp means not buying a BlackBerry specially for customers who care about social media. On the other hand, BlackBerry has been targeting corporate/enterprise market for a long time already and it is possible that the absence of a native social media client is less of an issue for that reason.
The company has announced that it will be releasing an update for Twitter which will come with important fixes and another update coming in a month with new features.
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