Mandatory update to BlackBerry's Facebook app turns it into a link to the web version of the site

Mandatory update to BlackBerry's Facebook app turns it into a link to the web version of the site
For those of your rockin' a BlackBerry 10 or BlackBerry OS handset, a big change is coming to your Facebook app on March 31st. On that date, the app will no longer work for those using a handset powered by BlackBerry OS 7.1 or earlier, or BlackBerry 10. In order to continue using Facebook, the app will need to be updated.

BlackBerry suggests that users go to the appropriate BlackBerry World listing of the Facebook app (found on the sourcelink) where they can download the update. The latter turns BlackBerry's native Facebook app into a link sending you to the web-based version of the site. On the BlackBerry support page the company writes, "Those wishing to continue using Facebook are encouraged to move to the web-based experience which will provide the most feature rich alternative."

After the update, BlackBerry Hub integration will no longer be available on Facebook, and "BlackBerry 10 smartphones will no longer have the ability to share items like pictures and videos directly to Facebook using the Share icon."


Why is this happening? According to BlackBerry, the private API used on the native Facebook app for iOS and Android is not available for general use, and is not being offered to BlackBerry.


source: Facebook (BB OS 7.1 or older|BB 10) via Crackberry

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24 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

I'm not on BB OS, but I mostly browse Facebook via it's web page. Their Facebook App is trash, and drains battery like hell.

2. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I am using BBOS 10, and the hub integration of Facebook makes it fantastic, what a shame we'll be losing this feature.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

MOST, if not ALL, native FB apps drain batteries like hell.

11. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

BlackBerry just killed the Facebook app with this move. They are on their way to kill the whole BB10 platform very soon. All signs show that BB10 is currently on life support, and these are the last days of its life. Check BlackBerry's official Twitter or Facebook page and see how they never advertise to any BB10 devices anymore. Check the most recent reviews of Facebook app on BlackBerry World and you will see how people are angry on BlackBerry right now. Crackberry as well! Yesterday was Whatsapp, Today is Facebook, and Tomorrow is Twitter and many others. The company just moved to Android, and it might pull the cord on handset division if that also fails!

12. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Nice instant-upvote. You want some more since it looks like your life depends on it?

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry didn't kil the FB app, FB killed the Facebook app on BlackBerry by not supplying them with the proper api's. Would you rather they use those api's illegally? Of course there are some angry fans. That's to be expected. If they want a native FB app that bad they can just always download the Android version onto their BB10 devices or use 3rd party alternatives like Face10 that have much better features.

15. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

How Nemory could get the API's with Face10?

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

He's using them illegally. BlackBerry won't do that.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*kill

3. Bernoulli

Posts: 4359; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This is pathetic, I love the hub integration.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Try F5, which is free. It's really just a web version of FB, but it also offers hub integration. If you don't mind putting up the cash, try Face10 also. It's $2.99 I believe, and is extremely feature rich. There is also a free version.

22. jperih

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I really think it's a BAD idea... the app asks for my Facebook password, on their site? No OAuth2 login? That's sketchy, even if the author has no plans for that data himself, he's got to be storing that data very insecurely.

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facebook stores and sells your data. Pick your evil.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Is this a good idea? I mean in use the Web version at my pc, but the mobile Web version isn't all that great of an experience to me. The app in this case I think is better. For a company struggling to hanging by a thread, who lost 90% of its mobile customers to other platforms, namely iOS and Android, and discovering that they could have been a better Android OEM, then they gave themselves credit for, and the very few they have will potentially jump just because they prefer the Facebook app, they make sink themselves after barely drowning in the sea of competition in the mobile space. Unless this for a security reason, I don't think this is a good move.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

Facebook has NEVER supplied an app for BlackBerry to begin with. BlackBerry had built and maintained their own Facebook app. Since Facebook won't, and has never, supplied the apk's necessary, BlackBerry can't do anything but what they did, which was turn the app into a web app, because they refuse to use the apk's illegally. That's the right thing to do. "BlackBerry point out that the reason why Android and iOS continue to have a native application, but not BlackBerry is down to the fact the native Facebook application on other platforms use a private API not available for general use, and has not been made available to BlackBerry. Quite correctly, BlackBerry refuse to use any api’s illegally in order to produce an up-to-date Facebook app." That was taken from here: http://rapidmobile.biz/blackberry/news-blackberry/blackberry-facebook-app-will-cease-work-blackberry-and-bbos-from-march-31st/ And nobody using a BB10 device is going to jump ship because a Facebook app that was never supplied to BlackBerry by Facebook in the first place is now changing to a web app. Especially when there are better alternatives in BlackBerry world that also offer hub integration and are more feature rich than the Facebook app itself, or just use your mobile browser: https://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/Facebook/?lang=en&countrycode=US

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 21453; Member since: May 28, 2014

*API (substitute api where I typed apk).

5. hwb01

Posts: 355; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I disabled the pre-installed Facebook app on my Note5 and just use the site. App wastes battery, RAM, and data.

17. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

That's what I do too. Especially because Chrome can send you FB notifications. There's no need for the app anymore.

9. pupkin

Posts: 143; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

That's not cool FB, disrespectful punk!

13. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Lucky for me, I am been using Android Facebook app on my Z10, so it's not a big issue for me (Maybe it's a big issue for other). As always, we all knew Facebook is kinda jerk when come to supporting 3rd party Facebook developer. In such situation, BlackBerry. However, I am kinda curious where BlackBerry remove the function to direct status update from the Hub. I understand it's mostly due to the API part from Facebook. Yet, my Jolla, which also doesn't support native Facebook apps nor API. Able to at-least post status update from their notification center.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Facebook app is pretty crap, even on the iDevices. I don't think Blackberry fans will miss it that much but this does seem like a slow quiet end to BB10.

20. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3098; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Those of us who use BlackBerry 10 certainly don't do it for Facebook or Instagram. I don't even go on FB until I get an email stating I have dozens of unread notifications. What the Kardashians do does not put dead presidents in my pocket.

21. NewroticSlob

Posts: 181; Member since: May 09, 2013

When I was on BB, I stopped using the App. It didn't deem to have been updated for months. I was using the a weblink and having no issues. The way I received notifications from Facebook was to allow email notifications in Facebook. I would get a notification in my Hub via email. Problem solved.

24. Bassmaster

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 03, 2016

Can anyone please help me with some practical advice? I had to change my password on FB yesterday which I did on my laptop. However, when I went to access FB on my Blackberry Curve 9320 (dont laugh!) it wouldnt let me in. I kept getting the message at the log-in stage 'you have entered an invalid email address or username (2400)'. I deleted the FB app and re-installed it via 'Blackberry world'. However, I can only use FB now via a direct weblink (which takes forever to load) and I don't get any notifications of messages like I used to. I've been on a couple of forums where folks seem to be having similar issues and the general advice was to download an older FB app for my OS (7.1). Having done that I still get the original error message at the log-in phase. So, in short, am I resigned now forever (if I still want to use this phone) to only being able to access FB via its direct web link? It displays really bad, with many of the original features gone. If this is the case, how can I receive any notifications that someone has left me a message for example. Apologies but I'm old and dont understand new tech very well (hence use of Blackberry!). Could someone please give advice in plain terms so I can try and make some changes?

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