BlackBerry Teamed Up With Facebook, Whatsapp? Dropping Support To Promote Priv?

BlackBerry Teamed Up With Facebook, Whatsapp? Dropping Support To Promote Priv?
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What is happening here and why? After so long, BlackBerry had re-entered the smartphone market, and it is indeed doing well with the Android-powered Priv. So why are popular apps like Whatsapp and Facebook dropping support for the company’s devices? The smartphone manufacturer is disappointed with the decision. Read on for the complete scoop.


But wait! Why are popular apps like Facebook and Whatsapp all of a sudden dropping support for BlackBerry? After Whatsapp dropped support for BB10 devices, BlackBerry even lashed out at the Facebook-owned company. The smartphone company said,

“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 (but let them know how you feel on social media, using the hashtag #ILoveBB10Apps). Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure our end users have the best experience in light of this decision, and are continuing to search for alternate solutions.”

Can there be a clash between Facebook and BlackBerry? If that is why Facebook decided to drop support for the company’s devices, it wouldn’t have chosen only BB10 and BBOS, the old operating systems that BlackBerry has given up on. That makes me wonder what exactly is going on here. Has the company teamed up with the app makers to create a scene so it stays in the limelight as well? As you know, any publicity is good publicity.

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To put it simply, these apps sell the devices. By lashing out at the owners of the app, BlackBerry made sure everyone knows that old devices no longer support what they enjoy the most on their phones. So, to stay connected, BB lovers have only two options: use web services or get the latest Android powered BB. Do the apps dropping support makes sense now?

Also Read: BlackBerry Priv Android Security Patch For March Is Rolling Out

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