All the news that fits won't print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month

All the news that fits won't print as the New York Times closes its BlackBerry 10 app next month
BlackBerry and its faithful had high hopes for BlackBerry 10. After all, the company that developed the operating system, QNX, received high marks for its work on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. BlackBerry was so impressed that it bought the company and had it get right to work on its next-gen operating system for smartphones, later dubbed BlackBerry 10. While the gesture based OS shared some of its capabilities with webOS, and there were some who loved the software, the hardware was a let down for many.

Instead of offering top-shelf handsets to compete with Apple and Samsung, BlackBerry produced mid-range models that left a wide gap in performance. And speaking of gaps, BlackBerry users had to contend with the huge app gap as many popular Android apps were not developed for BlackBerry 10. One that was made available for BB10 users, the New York Times app, will no longer enjoy BlackBerry 10 support beginning next month. If you own a BlackBerry 10 powered handset, and that includes the BlackBerry Passport, you'll have to turn to the mobile web version to catch all the news that's fit to print.

The mobile web version of the New York Times includes the same content and design as the BlackBerry 10 app, but features a more interactive home page. Home delivery and digital subscribers will still have the ability to read an unlimited number of stories, while non-subscribers receive a certain number of free stories each month. In addition to the New York Times, popular messaging app WhatsApp will also lose support for BlackBerry 10 starting on January 1, 2018.

Those rockin' the BlackBerry KEYone or BlackBerry Motion, or even the BlackBerry Priv don't have to worry about such things since the trio run on Android, and use Android apps found in the Google Play Store. Both the New York Times and WhatsApp have apps that support the Android operating system and can be found in the Google Play Store.

source: NewYorkTimes via CrackBerry

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