Facebook to Drop Its App for BlackBerry 10 OS
BlackBerry users will still be able to access Facebook through a Web browser or through a Web Wrapper app.BlackBerry OS users will soon lose the Facebook app for the BlackBerry 10 OS as Facebook drops support for the stand-alone app due to the platform's small market share. With the demise of the Facebook app for BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry users will still be able to access the social media site through a Web browser on their smartphone or by using a Web Wrapper app that will provide a Web view of the Facebook platform, a Facebook spokesperson said. Users of BlackBerry Android phones such as the Priv (pictured) will still be able to access Facebook through an Android app. "In order to give BlackBerry users the best Facebook experience with access to more features, we have decided to transition BlackBerry support from the BlackBerry native app to the Web Wrapper app," the Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email reply to an eWEEK inquiry. "We hope this improves the Facebook experience for BlackBerry users." Facebook's decision comes about three weeks after WhatsApp, also owned by Facebook, announced in February that it will end support for BlackBerry, Nokia S40, Nokia Symbian S60, Android 2.2 and 2.1, and Windows Phone 7.1 mobile operating systems by the end of 2016 as the user bases for the platforms continued to shrink.
Lou Gazzola, senior marketing manager for developer relations at BlackBerry, wrote in a March 17 post on the Inside BlackBerry blog that his company is "extremely disappointed" with Facebook's decision, which came even after "we fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds."