It seems that things go from bad to worse for Blackberry.
In late February Facebook who own the messaging service WhatsApp finally decided to stop supporting BlackBerry’s mobile OS stating that “while these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.”
Now it seems things appear to be going from bad to worse with Facebook following the same route albeit through the backdoor by deciding to withdraw all its service from BlackBerry’s seemingly sickly platform.
Not surprisingly BlackBerry has not taken the news too kindly and posted on their recent blog that, “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.” They went on to reveal that the decision will result in BBOS and BlackBerry 10 users losing support for the Facebook contact syncing option, BlackBerry Hub integration as well as the inevitable loss of the ability to share media via the share button.
Blackberry have responded by announcing that by 31 March 2016, BlackBerry users will have access to a new native app that will send BBOS and Blackberry 10 users to the web version of Facebook so it appears that not all is lost. Indeed, BlackBerry has already started encouraging their users to switch to the web-based alternative.