Facebook to end API support for BlackBerry OS 10 devices

In what appears to be another blow to both hardcore BlackBerry fans and BlackBerry, Facebook has also made up its mind to withdraw support for the dying BlackBerry OS 10 powered devices.

The news comes shortly after WhatsApp (acquired by Facebook) recently announced that it would withdraw support for BlackBerry OS 10 mobile platform.

Facebook revealed that it has decided to discontinue its essential API for BlackBerry and this it plans to do by the end of this year.

On the other hand, BlackBerry similar to the WhatsApp incident, has put out an update with its own Facebook app for its devices. However, the app is simply a native one with a web interface.

This will indeed not go down too well with BlackBerry users as the API currently helps deliver Facebook notifications, messages and comments that have been sent from smartphones. The loss of the API also means that syncing Facebook contacts with BlackBerry ones will be next to impossible.

BlackBerry is not to happy about this and it claims that the company has been after both WhatsApp and its owner Facebook to renew their support for the BlackBerry platform. However, this time Facebook seems to have made up its mind.

Just last month the WhatsApp team announced that they will no longer support older mobile operating systems. WhatsApp revealed that they will be withdrawing support for BlackBerry devices (BB10 included), Symbian 40, Symbian 60, Android 2.1 and 2.2 devices and Windows Phone 7.1 sometime this year. It was obvious that WhatsApp's owner Facebook would be next.

Published Date: Mar 23, 2016 08:10 AM | Updated Date: Mar 23, 2016 08:10 AM