BlackBerry responds to Facebook and WhatsApp's decision to drop 'Berry support for their apps

BlackBerry responds to Facebook and WhatsApp's decision to drop 'Berry support for their apps
Just the other day, we told you that a big change was coming to the Facebook apps found on BlackBerry 10 and BB OS. Starting on March 31st, the Facebook apps for those platforms will no longer work. After being updated by the user, they will link to the web based version of the social media site. The private APIs used on the native Facebook app for iOS and Android is not offered to BlackBerry, forcing the change, Days earlier, WhatsApp said that it would drop support for all BlackBerry operating systems by the end of the year.

BlackBerry says that it tried to work with Facebook and WhatsApp to see if they would change their minds, but it was to no avail. BlackBerry suggests that disappointed Facebook and WhatsApp users go to social media and complain about the lack of BlackBerry support by posting to #ILoveBB10Apps.

BlackBerry will make up for the loss of the two apps by launching a new feature on BlackBerry World called Great Apps on BlackBerry. This is a list of 20 native apps available for BlackBerry 10. A new list will be released every two weeks, once a month. To be considered a "great BlackBerry app," it must be built using BlackBerry 10 Native/Cascades or WebWork HTML5. It must have a 3-star rating, do all the tasks outlined in the app's description, and can't be built using a template. It also can't be merely a link to the a web application. That's ironic because that is exactly what the Facebook apps on BlackBerry have become.

On it's Inside BlackBerry blog, the company responded to the decisions made by Facebook and WhatsApp. You can read the manufacturer's response in its entirety, below.


source: BlackBerry via MobileSyrup

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17 Comments

1. Gasteasoro

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

This shouldn't be the end of Blackberry, this however will most deffinitely be the nail in the coffin for Blackberry OS. Come to think of it, Its indeed a smart move on both WhatsApp and Facebook, a mercy killing of sorts, so as to force Blackberry to focus on its hardware, and allow the already dying BB10 OS to pass on and move forward with Android OS. All that BB just needs to do is STOP the through-the-ceiling-pricing schemes and stick to Android. Heck their hardware is pretty good IMHO, I just LOVE the Passport. Just gimme Android on it and call it a day.

3. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

I guess that you know nothing about BBOS 10.3, so just buy a BlackBerry Z30 for 250€ and try to know what is a "BlackBerry Smartphone with BBOS 10". Ok??

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

If BlackBerry continuing to support BB10 with 2 new OS updates slated for this year (10.3.3 and 10.4) is what you would call a "dying OS" , then I suggest you look up the meaning of said term. The more OS's we have, the more CHOICE we have, and CHOICE is always in the best interest of the consumer.

7. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Mxzy will be here anytime soon....

11. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Don't pick fights.

15. suraj_b_hegde

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 18, 2016

Yeah, as everyone already knows - BlackBerry is still patching stuffs for Z10! A Five-Year-Old device!!! I mean who in the world is doing that nowadays...?!

2. Eraman

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 13, 2015

BlackBerry OS10 can Run almost all the android apps, so will we care about 2 apps that we can find on Android play storev??.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agree with Eraman. All anyone using a BB10 powered device has to do is download the Android version of those apps. Likewise, you can also download Face10 or F5, third party Facebook apps, that have more features than the actual FB app. I don't use WhatsApp, as BBM is more feature rich to begin with.

6. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Android is thier to help.

8. JohnGrant

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Facebook sucks and BBM is way better than WhatsApp anyway.

14. suraj_b_hegde

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 18, 2016

Exactly! I wonder what's the big deal!

9. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Who wants the Facebook app on their phone anyway? Its such a battery hog.

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed, uninstalled that crap from my OnePlus One and just use the website shortcut...

10. jas0n

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 01, 2016

wasnt there just a huge push to stop using the facebook app anyway? and dont BB users swear by BBM? this seems like facebook is doing them a favor by removing bloat. kinda takes all the sting out of it.

13. NocturnalEvil

Posts: 39; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Just use Face10 and Messenger for Facebook. I heard that they are good replacements for the default Facebook app.

16. YoPauly unregistered

Android is not the answer to BlackBerry. just look at the Blackberry Priv.. a truly revolutionary piece of hardwar! However, it received no support from major carriers. Here in the US, Verizon doesn't even know they still carry it, and it's till on Lollipop with no hope for marshmallow. Better off with bb10 and side load Android apps. Blackberry, if you're listening... create your own side loading app so people feel they have Blackberry security to upload their silly Android apps that they just have to have like Facebook and WhatsApp and whatever other thing they're addicted to.

17. YoPauly unregistered

Typos... Compliments of Android marshmallow non physical keyboard

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