Instagram says "No" to native BlackBerry 10 app say sources

Instagram says "No" to native BlackBerry 10 app say sources
When BlackBerry 10 was introduced, the Canadian company made a point of noting that the big name apps would all be available for the platform. Titles like Skype (although ported over from Android), Facebook, Twitter and Angry Birds Star Wars are all already in BlackBerry World, or coming soon to the applications store. But one big name is missing, and it is one that we we heard many call a "deal breaker" if it was not made available for BlackBerry 10. And that app is picture-sharing, social networking site Instagram, which grabs 90 million users a month.

The bad news tonight for those who already own the BlackBerry Z10, or were looking to purchase it, is that sources are indicating that Instagram will not be producing a native BlackBerry 10 version of its app. The sources who have been passing this information along are said to be close to Instagram. One of them did hold out some hope when he said, "There will be no Instagram for BB10 for now."  On the other hand, the same person also added, "Frankly, I’m not sure there will ever be."

Things might not be as bleak as it seems for Instagram fans who might have to decide between their addiction to the app and their desire to own the BlackBerry Z10. The Instagram for Android app is expected to be ported over to BlackBerry World, but will not be optimized for BlackBerry which means it will probably not be as good as a native app would have been. Not only that, but the word is that there have been some technical problems in porting the app over which means that it might be some time before it hits BlackBerry World. If the sources have the story right, why did Instagram decide to bypass BlackBerry 10? It just could be a matter of it not being worth the effort to Instagram to have its people work on a BlackBerry 10 version of the app.  Instagram has only twenty employees which would make it a strain on its resources.

If Instagram is that important to you, BlackBerry Z10 is apparently not the phone for you.

source: AllThingsD



19. upinhercrotch

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

blackberry needs to give up the fight, they are losing and the only thing that will help them now is to sell off assets and call it a day

18. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I do not even understand why Instagram is even popular. Its just a photo filter app.

25. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

THANK YOU. I do not understand the appeal and cult like devotion to an app that makes your photos look like sh*t.

17. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i feel sorry for the miserable BB


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

teary eye.. :( its one of the reason that im looking forward to BB even if i was a former BB user(actually until now for im still using my BB as a 2nd phone for BBM and emails) pinterest as well as path are other apps that im waiting to jump into the BB10(Z10) for i got hooked up with those apps as im using my android as a primary phone its really sad how i hope its not true

13. jonartpop

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

If I were instagram I would do the same. I don't think bussinessmen would ever have time to spend for instagram.

12. LaVerdad81

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

FUK Instagram and their arrogance.....

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

theyre acting stupid, instagram lets not act all high and mighty now

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

wow, i just saw the stock of BBRY, MSFT and NOK, i really cant believe that MSFT is that low! only 27.49 while BBRY is at 13.88 while nokia is at 3.75 seems like it will be a tough competition!! so hoping that IG wont be a huge coward!!! bring your app to BB10 and WP8!!!

22. instagoo

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

BB share price will be back to US$ 6 BEFORE they announce the NEXT sales figure of ONLY 4 million BB for Q4 2012. BB will be bankrupt this year just because they were avoiding android. If they use android and focus on what they did best, they don't have to fight for instagram. What a fool decision by BB leader.

7. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i dont really get why instagram is at "lets wait and see" on these platform (these, including WP and even symbian, coz still, even without support symbian is still the forth platform on the market and still has millions of users!, not as primary but secondary) i mean, while on BB10, users can hack playstore and port it to their BB10, while WP and others, they cant do this at all!! instagram should realize that they are one of the top social networking now (same goes to google+ even though im not sure if millions really use it! even though it is said that it is now the 2nd top social network, not twitter) so they need to be cross platform!! look at the IM! whatsapp is cross platform, skype and viber and others are available to to others (exept symbian, no videocalling, but we got fring now!) dont be so coward instagram!! im sure users will DL you on other platform!

20. instagoo

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

That's because YOU WERE NOT A DEVELOPER, so you don't know what's going on behind the back. First of all, supporting MORE platform means more $$$. You need more software engineer, you need more customer service. Second, by having MORE platform, means slowing down the innovation of the software because EACH platform have different API and the way things work. ex. when porting from Android to BB, if there were an API that BB don't have, it need to be worked around. When this happened resource are wasted for just figuring how the BB aps should work consistent with the Android but still can bring the functionality to that apps. Third, as I was mentioning... support. If the BB apps were crippled, in a sense that it have feature missing due to the incomparability of API, there will be a lot of BAD noise, thus needing MORE customer service. All in all, for platform that won't be a success anyway like BB10 and WP, DEVELOPER with a great common sense will try to avoid it.

23. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you do know that iOS, android and BB10 shares the same roots right? yeah they might have different API but still the ability of BB10 to run android apps is great, and maintance is actually not that hard! HELLO FACEBOOK OWN THEM!!! and they have lots of $$$$$$$ and instagram is now a huge social network!! so they need to be cross platform!!!

24. Rumiyati

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Just because FACEBOOK have lots of $$$$, they should support BB? What kind of logic is that? Let's face it and accept it... BB10 is TOO LATE. If RIM have BB10 in early 2010, it can compete bellow Android. If RIM have BB10 in early 2011, it can compete bellow Apple. If RIM have BB10 in early 2012, it can BEAT WP7/8. for early 2013, BB10 were toooooooooooooooo late, and just die You really need to let it go.... it's just an OS

26. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

lol latest stats shows that WP cant overtake symbian and BlackBerry OS (the version 7). 2 OS that is considered dead.... WP isnt working!! its not as awesome as you people think it is!!a lot of people i know find it weird and annoying (the live tiles)! symbian is current 3rd and BB is current 4th!!! and WP isnt even close!!! the reason why i hate nokia for letting go of symbian!! BB10 was never too late for the party!! it can catch up!!!

6. BBGrind

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

C'mon Blackberry PAY UP something or you would LOOSE more. Alottttttt of people looking forward to have BBM and IG on the same device..

10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

totally agree, even though IG wont bring its app to BB10, some can still port it to BB10!! but still, it is way better if its native app!!!

5. nikenturd unregistered

If the price is right.....prollY they want $$$$$$$$ out of it

4. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

windows phone app please ????

3. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Blackberry should have paid them to make an Instagram app honestly...

8. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

even if they pay them, i dont think that they will do such thing! just look at MSFT, they got huge share on FB, the owner of IG, they still dont have that social networking app! but happy to say that MOLOME (the IG of symbian and BB) is now a cross platform! its available on iOS, android and WP!


Posts: 187; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

yep if money is the case i agree but as of now instagram is already owned by FB and basing to what i heard rumors are FB planning have their own phone powered by android i think instagram are just scared of the competition for if you look at it closely ported apps would still help the Instagram at some ways to gain more supporters or users with that i dont see any losing option with that

16. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

good then....

21. upinhercrotch

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

they dont want to waster their time, with a subpar phone with a dying company apple for life

2. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Well if there is no wp instagram app I found it really weird that there would be a bb one. The only way that would have happened is if bb paid them off.

1. louiemapa

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 01, 2012

How sad..

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