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

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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.

The app landscape continues to evolve, and in ways that are not always within our control. Recently, Facebook made the decision to discontinue support of their essential APIs for BlackBerry and WhatsApp announced they would end support for BlackBerry 10 and BBOS at the end of 2016.

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.

Our commitment to BlackBerry 10 and to developers has not changed – we know our developer community continues to be one of the strongest proponents of BlackBerry 10 and they are creating thousands of apps every month. As a way to support them and to promote new apps, we’re now featuring some of the best native applications on BlackBerry World in a list called “Great Apps on BlackBerry.” The category will be a list of 20 applications, featured for two weeks, once per month, similar to the way we feature apps on the BlackBerry World Carousel. We’re also continuing whenever we can to invest in apps important to users, such as the update to the Twitter app released today with important fixes and another update coming in a month with new features. This ensures that our many BlackBerry 10 customers have the best OS and apps possible.

We look forward to new apps and new customers on BlackBerry 10 and thank our developer community for their continued strong support!-BlackBerry

source: BlackBerry via MobileSyrup

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posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:47 2

1. Gasteasoro (Posts: 25; Member since: 02 Apr 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.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 03:00 2

3. Eraman (Posts: 141; Member since: 13 Dec 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??

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 04:21 5

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:38 2

7. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)

Mxzy will be here anytime soon....

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 18:07

11. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Don't pick fights.

posted on 18 Sep 2016, 16:59

15. suraj_b_hegde (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 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...?!

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 02:58

2. Eraman (Posts: 141; Member since: 13 Dec 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??.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 04:29 1

5. meanestgenius (Posts: 16265; Member since: 28 May 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.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:37 1

6. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)

Android is thier to help.

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 05:43 5

8. JohnGrant (Posts: 42; Member since: 12 Feb 2015)

Facebook sucks and BBM is way better than WhatsApp anyway.

posted on 18 Sep 2016, 16:55

14. suraj_b_hegde (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2016)

Exactly! I wonder what's the big deal!

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 09:37 5

9. XDAdam (Posts: 210; Member since: 03 Feb 2016)

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

posted on 19 Mar 2016, 09:55

12. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

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

posted on 18 Mar 2016, 15:05 1

10. jas0n (Posts: 54; Member since: 01 Mar 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.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 16:15

13. NocturnalEvil (Posts: 37; Member since: 11 Mar 2015)

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

posted on 31 Oct 2016, 09:26

16. YoPauly (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Oct 2016)

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2016, 09:28

17. YoPauly (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Oct 2016)

Typos... Compliments of Android marshmallow non physical keyboard

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