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It is not just WhatsApp that decided to end support forBlackBerry OS 10 services by the end of 2016, Facebook has also joined them in leaving the BlackBerry platform after announcing to discontinue support of its application programming interfaces (APIs) for BlackBerry. The Canada-based firm is disappointed.
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’s decision comes as BlackBerry begins to look beyond its own operating system.
Last year, it introduced its own Android-based phone called the Priv.According to Facebook, 99.5% 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.
The company recommended “upgrading to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue using WhatsApp”.
Nearly one billion people across the world are using the popular app with 42 billion messages being exchanged daily, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced recently.