Facebook drops support for Blackberry
Just like WhatsApp did recently, Facebook is dropping support for BlackBerry’s mobile operating systems. This was announced in a blog post by Lou Gazzola, BlackBerry’s senior marketing manager for developer relations. This move which will force BlackBerry owners to use the social network’s mobile website if they’d like to access it on the go. Lou said,
“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,” wrote Gazzola. “Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure that our end-users have the best experience in light of this decision, and we are continuing to search for alternate solutions.”
To implement this, Facebook will cut off support for its “essential APIs,” from Blackberry and this means the company’s third-party apps will cease functioning. Facebook is not clear when they will officially pull the plug, or if the process has already begun; both BlackBerry-made Facebook apps are still available in the BlackBerry World app store.
All hope is not lost for Blackberry as the company decided to go the Android route with their latest flasghip phone, the Blackberry Priv, an Android-powered handset with a sliding keyboard that came out last year.
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