BlackBerry die-hard fans are going through a social extinction in the event that they want to continue to interact with their buddies on Facebook and WhatsApp. BlackBerry expressed dismay at Facebook’s choice to discontinue its providers for the social media app on the Blackberry OS and BlackBerry 10 platforms.
Earlier in March, WhatsApp had introduced its disinclination to continue the BlackBerry version of its app beyond 2016. Facebook will end support for its APIs on BlackBerry after this month.
WhatsApp, determined to cease supporting BlackBerry’s mobile OS, saying that “Whereas these cell gadgets have been an necessary a part of our story, they don’t provide the sort of capabilities we have to increase our app’s features sooner or later.”
Facebook and Fb Messenger are following in WhatsApp’s footsteps, saying that each will cease supporting BlackBerry’s own OS later this 12 months. In fact, BlackBerry models operating Android, such as the BlackBerry Priv, will proceed to have the ability to run the Android model of Facebook’s apps.
BlackBerry mentioned that, “We’re extraordinarily disenchanted of their determination as we all know so many customers love these apps. We fought again to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to alter their minds, however at the moment, their choice stands.
BlackBerry revealed that the change will imply that BBOS and BlackBerry 10 customers will lose support for Facebook contact syncing, BlackBerry Hub integration and the power to share media on the social media platform by way of the share button.
This doesn’t imply, nevertheless, that BBOS and BlackBerry 10 customers won’t have entry to Fb in any respect. Come the 31st of March, BlackBerry will exchange the official Fb app with a brand new native app that may funnel customers to the online-version of Fb.
BlackBerry customers will proceed to have the ability to use the mobile internet version of Fb to submit and consume content material, however with out a native client, it will likely be laborious to deliver a reasonable user experience for BlackBerry 10 customers.
For purchasers 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 company.
Lastly, Blackberry says that, “Those wishing to proceed utilizing Fb are inspired to maneuver to the net-primarily based experience which can present essentially the most function wealthy alternative.”