Facebook to ditch BlackBerry after WhatsApp
Facebook is leaving the blackberry platform after announcing to discontinue support for it’s application programming interface(APIs) for blackberry.
In a blog post, Lou Gazzola, senior manager in charge of BlackBerry’s App Ecosystem and Developer Outreach team, said they are disappointed as they know so many users love these apps (Facebook and WhatsApp).
“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),” Gazzola posted
Facebook decision comes because the Canadian based company Blackberry started looking beyond its own operating system, last year blackberry released an android based called Priv which comes pre-loaded with BlackBerry’s DTEK for Android that allows user to improve privacy level and monitor access to the phone.
According to Facebook, 99.5 percent of smartphone sales today are covered by mobile phone operating systems from Apple,
Google and Microsoft.
Other phones to be hit by the WhatsApp decision include Nokia S40 and the Nokia Symbian S60 as well as the older Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1 operating systems, The Verge reported.