By: Tom Manning - March 25, 2016
A few weeks ago we heard WhatsApp would no longer support the BlackBerry 10 OS. That was a pretty big disappointment to BlackBerry fans, but nobody knew there was even worse news coming down the pike. Facebook has now announced it is dropping support for BlackBerry 10 in 2016. Facebook's decision will no doubt force BlackBerry to make some decisions. The company responded in a blog post:
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 (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.
BlackBerry says it will continue to support its developers for BlackBerry 10, but realistically, this probably points to a move towards Android. BlackBerry is a good company with a nice platform, but the reality is the world has moved on. iOS and Android now dominate, and BlackBerry will no doubt have to release more Android based phones.
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