PayPal killing off its app for all but the most popular smartphone platforms

PayPal killing off its app for all but the most popular smartphone platforms

Developing an app and keeping it current is a major investment, so it's no surprise that plenty of devs find themselves picking and choosing which platforms to target in order to get the best return on their effort. And while a few years ago it might have made sense to play the field by preparing apps for a good number of platforms – the underdogs included – the mobile landscape has been looking more and more like a two-horse race lately: over the course of the past year, Windows smartphone market share dropped from 2.5 to just 0.7 percent, and BlackBerry from 0.4 to 0.2 percent. In light of the changing face of the market, app developers are reconsidering their priorities, and today BlackBerry just shared its end-date for support of some of those lesser platforms.

The soon-to-be-mothballed Windows Phone PayPal app

The soon-to-be-mothballed Windows Phone PayPal app

Over the course of the next month, beginning on June 3 and running through June 30, PayPal is going to start requiring all mobile users to be on the latest version 6.0 of its app. And while that won't spell problems for most Android and iOS users, the company doesn't plan to release updated apps for other platforms, effectively ending its support for them.

Those platforms that will lose PayPal app support include Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and even Amazon's FireOS.

It's not necessarily game-over for PayPal users on these platforms, as they can always turn to the service's web interface, but that's not going to make this abandonment sting much less.

PayPal's far from the only dev shutting down support for unpopular mobile platforms lately; back in February we learned of WhatsApp planning a very similar move, working to end support for BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Symbian, and ancient Android builds over the course of the year.

How do you manage payments on your smartphone? Are you a die-hard PayPal user, or have you learned to love one of its peers? Tell us about your favorite in the comments.

source: PayPal via Neowin

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170 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So that's the next nail in the coffin for BlackBerry. It's losing support from PayPal.

99. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Not that big of a loss. I'm an android user and I don't use the Paypal app, the web site is just fine for my needs.

2. AlikMalix unregistered

Don't care. Only use PayPal for paying on eBay. And that's done automatically. And I bet you can still use it online via browser on any device. Waiting for Apple Pay webbased type of integration via safari.. Too bad for Windows users though.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

I don't care either, Alik. And and you can still use it online via browser, but some people are just here to troll OS's they don't like.

5. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Some people use PayPal in their business though and you would lose that extra layer of security that blackberry provides. Something some people seem to forget because they're too busy accusing others of attacking other OS's.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

No accusations necessary. The proof is in your comment #1. Too bad you too much of a coward to own up to it.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If blackberry wasn't dying, why would paypal stop supporting BB10? You keep saying it's fine, there's nothing happening, yet the market says something else.

17. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

I never once said "there's nothing happening". Don't make up stories to suit your narrative. And BlackBerry isn't "dying". It's just shortsighted individuals such as yourself that think that. And you STILL haven't proven that you were not trolling BlackBerry, especially since there were 2 other OS's mentioned in this article.

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, but you continue to give the impression of it though. I'm not making stories up at all. You can continue to call me shortsighted, but the fact that blackberry made less than they expected with the Priv is proof that they are slowly dying out. Windows phone is pretty much dead according to this article: http://www.phonearena.com/news/Microsoft-smartphones-are-dead-company-fires-1850-employees-announces-focus-on-software-development_id81480 FireOS isn't even that huge to begin with. Stop deflecting.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

So there handset division is in trouble and you equate that to the entire company, even though their software grew? That's a FACT. As I said, "idiots logic". As well as shortsightedness. If they shut down the hardware division tomorrow, they'd be better off for it and still be around and profitable with their software and services. And no, I don't give the impression that "nothing's happening", I just choose to focus on their strengths. And you're saying Windows Phone is pretty much dead, and yet, you only troll BlackBerry that you feel is "dying". Thanks for proving my point. And how is it "deflecting" when I proved you to be trolling BlackBerry? Again, "idiots logic".

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, their whole division is in trouble or have you not been paying attention? I admit it, Blackberry has an impressive array of software and patents besides their handsets, but that isn't enough to keep them afloat. But you continue to act like everything is fine even though it isn't. You didn't have a point, you just wanted to complain like you usually do. FFS, get over it. Everything said about Blackberry that's negative isn't trolling.

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

You've truly not been paying attention if you are honestly going to say their software division is in trouble when it grew last quarter. It's only their hardware division that's in trouble. People like you have been saying "BlackBerry is doomed" for over four years now, and yet, they're still here. Without hardware pulling them down, they'd be fine. You can try and spin it any way you want, but it's only their hardware division that's in trouble. Of course I had a point, and I proved it. You can't deny is, as your comment #1 is etched in "digital stone" and you can't remove it. So FFS, get over your incessant trolling and talk tech for once.

55. Mxyzptlk unregistered

https://youtu.be/0oBx7Jg4m-o That pretty much says it all right there. You're always blind to the truth and attack anyone who says anything otherwise. That's why you are on your third or fourth account now. Who said I wanted to remove it? Stop with the bs spewing.

63. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can post that BS until you're blue in the face, it still won't change the fact that your comment #1 singled out BlackBerry (read: TROLLING) when there were clearly two other OS's mentioned in this article. You need to either quit trolling, or own up to being a troll and do it proudly. At the very least, you'll get more respect from everyone for actually owning up to your BS. And considering that you've created faux accounts of yourself and others, as well as attached anyone that says anything about Apple that you don't approve of, you've no leg to stand on here. By the way: http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ManOfSteel56p011.jpg That picture not only sums up who you are, but what you do best. It's also the reason why you initially changed your avatar.

71. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's true otherwise I wouldn't post it. You are just salty because my comment posted the truth and that just touches a nerve. Why don't you own up to being a troll because everything you say about me can be applied to you as well. You have zero proof that I created those faux accounts. But continue to "fight the good fight" as said by yourself. And I haven't "attached" anyone but as you can see, you're going on the attack because I said blackberry was dying. So continue posting that stupid pic and thinking that's why I changed my avatar.

78. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Now that's pure BS. Don't act like you've never posted half-truths and lies. That's a lie in itself. Stop being so bumburned because I called you out on your incessant trolling once again. I don't troll other OS's. You do. I challenge you to post a link where I've trolled another OS. I'll wait.... And you have zero proof that I've had more than one account here in PA or that the dude that said that BS was actually me. Again, since you believe everything you hear and read on the Internet, I have a posting online if a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. I'll even give you a nice discount. I know that "stupid pic" is why you changed your avatar. Stop being so bumburned about it.

91. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You don't have to troll other OS's to be a troll. Just the sheer fact that you are always on the defensive whenever it comes to blackberry. Oh I have plenty. Several other users have called you out on it. The fact that you made your current account right after your previous was banned. Your avatars are very similar to each other. So you can play the bs all you want. I suppose since you really want those tokens.

92. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

If you mean that "I troll the trolls" like YOU, then YES, I'm guilty as charged. But I've always said that I troll the trolls. You troll OS's, OEM's, commenters, and everything else that's not Apple, and you DEFINITELY go on the defensive when it comes to Apple. Several others have also called YOU out on your multiple accounts and your trolling. And my avatar is not similar to who you claim it is, nor did I make my account right after he got banned. Post proof stating otherwise or cut the BS. Nah, you can keep 'em. They're your most prized possession, after all.

103. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, you're guilty of attacking people who disagree with you in Blackberry articles. You say I'm this big troll yet you refuse to even acknowledge yourself as a troll. Again, one only needs to look at your previous two banned accounts for proof. http://www.phonearena.com/news/BlackBerry-CEO-Chen-says-he-would-sell-the-handset-business-if-it-continues-bleeding-red-ink_id54976 Sounds like you had more banned accounts. I insist, you've earned them more than I have.

111. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

You mean like you have, on more than one occasion? And you say that I refuse to acknowledge myself as a troll, but have you? Pot is really calling the kettle black here. And one needs only look at your long history of trolling Motorola and Android, LG and BlackBerry, to see that you would go to the highest extent to troll, including create faux accounts, which was discovered by the now banned Hexacore. You posting that link of with alphageek in it doesn't prove that's me. That's like saying because you sound so much like JakeLee in the way you leap to the defense of Apple that it must be you. http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Samsung-Galaxy-Gear-Review_id3441/comments Trolling style is yours. Color scheme is similar to your avatar. And trolling Samsung: Classic Mxy. Sounds like you've had banned accounts as well. Nah, they're yours. You're the king of trolls here, after all.

129. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You can ramble all you want, but it doesn't change a thing because you're done. Lol I hit a nerve and you just can't accept the truth.

130. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Dudette, you keep on recycling the same old lame comments. It's way past boring now. I've proven my point. You're an idiot and a troll. You've been done, but you're too much of a stubborn idiot to know it. Any further comment you make will just reflect how desperate you are to keep this going because of your lame, boring life. So for any comment you make responding to this comment or any other comment I make, you'll be told to see this comment. I know you'll still respond, so go ahead and prove me right.

139. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good, because I'm tired of burying your a--, princess. Now anything YOU say after this will be met with "See comment # and take your tokens and begone."

142. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks for proving me right, Michelle. I knew I could count on your idiot @$$ to do just that. Now see comment #130.

154. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Do us all a favor and just stfu, see comment #139, take your tokens, and begone.

155. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

You stfu first and see comment #130.

100. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Priv is Android. So I fail to see how the underwhelming sales of that has anything to do with not supporting BB10 based phones.

128. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It's proof that their handset division is dead.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

"some people seem to forget because they're too busy accusing others of attacking other OS's" Pot calling the kettle black again.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21156; Member since: May 28, 2014

As usual.

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