|Phenny Lynn Palec |||Mar 24, 2016 08:02 AM EDT|
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Facebook is joining WhatsApp in cancelling its support for the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Facebook's messaging platform will also stop supporting the operating system of the struggling phone manufacturer.
WhatsApp, a company owned by Facebook, debuted on the BlackBerry platform in 2013 and announced that it is putting an end to its support in February. Along with BlackBerry 10, WhatsApp also dropped its support to aging operating systems like Symbian S40, Symbian S60 and a handful of old Android versions.
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Facebook and Facebook Messenger promptly followed WhatsApp and announced that they will no longer support BlackBerry 10 by the end of the year, according to ZDNet. On the other hand, BlackBerry devices running on the Android platform, like the BlackBerry Priv, will continue to run the Android versions of Facebook apps.
In a statement posted on BlackBerry's official blog, the company said, "We are extremely disappointed in their decision as we know so many users love these aps. We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands."
In a separate statement, Facebook claims that 99.5 percent of smartphone sales are divided among mobile operating systems from Apple, Microsoft and Google.
Despite losing support from Facebook and Messenger, BlackBerry users can still access these services via their mobile web version. However, tech experts believe that without a native client, BlackBerry 10 users will have a hard time navigating through this option.
For consumers whose main interests is social media, buying a BlackBerry phone will be off the table. Market analysts said that Facebook's decision will strike a heavy blow into the overall sales performance of the Canadian company.
For BlackBerry users, some tech experts have a nifty workaround as the BlackBerry 10 operating system still supports some Android apps which can be downloaded from the Amazon app store. Tech experts suggest that BlackBerry users can download and use the Facebook and Messenger Android app instead.
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