In almost two weeks, the developers of WhatsApp and Facebook will no longer support BlackBerry OS. So, unfortunately, from March 31, 2016, the aforementioned applications will no longer work on BlackBerry.
BlackBerry said that it tried to discuss with WhatsApp and Facebook and convince the developers to keep supporting this operating system, but it seems that the Canadian company didn’t change their minds. However, now, BlackBerry suggests the disappointed WhatsApp and Facebook users to go on social media networks and complain about the lack of BlackBerry support, by using the “#ILoveBB10Apps” hashtag in their status.
It seems that BlackBerry has a “back-up plan”, as the company is planning to release a new feature on the BlackBerry world that will be named “Great Apps on BlackBerry”, and which will contain around 20 native applications that will be available for this operating system.
In addition, a new list will be released every two weeks. In order for an application to be considered a “great BlackBerry app”, it will need to be build using the WebWork HTML or BlackBerry 10 Native/Cascades, to have a 3-star rating and do all the tasks that are mentioned in the app’s description.
However, until that will happen, BlackBerry is hoping that WhatsApp and Facebook will decide to support this operating system in the future. It is good to know that the developers of WhatsApp have announced a few weeks ago that before the end of 2016, this application will stop supporting the following operating systems: Nokia Symbian S60, Nokia S40, BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Windows Phone 7.1, Android 2.2 and Android 2.1.
With other words, if you currently have a device that runs on the mentioned operating systems, and you want to use the WhatsApp application in the near future, you will need to purchase a device that will run on either Windows Phone 8, Android 2.3 and above, iOS or Windows 10 Mobile.
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