It looks like the BlackBerry OS has had the final nail hammered into its coffin. Following the news that WhatsApp would be dropping support for BlackBerry, it seems its owner has also followed suit, and no longer support the struggling OS.
Facebook is completely dropping support for Blackberry’s mobile operating systems meaning those who want to use the social network will need to now use its mobile website. The news was announced today by Lou Gazzola, BlackBerry’s senior marketing manager for developer relations who 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. Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure that our end-users have the best experience in light of this decision, and we are continuing to search for alternate solutions.
Gazzola explained that Facebook is cutting off support for its “essential APIs” meaning BlackBerry’s third-party apps will no longer work. Oddly, Facebook hasn’t revealed exactly when it’ll do this or whether the process has already begun, at time of writing both Blackberry-made Facebook apps are available in the BlackBerry World store.
Fortunately for BlackBerry, it’s not all gloom and doom as the company are now likely pinning all hopes on its Android-powered Priv handset which launched last year complete with a slide-out keyboard. Hopefully this will help BlackBerry retain some relevancy in a market dominated by iOS and Android devices.