Facebook Inc Ends BlackBerry Ltd Support

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Social network giant Facebook has announced that it will end support for BlackBerry 10.

Around a month ago popular messaging service WhatsApp made the same decision, writes Steve Ranger for ZD Net. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.

BlackBerry expresses disappointment at decision

BlackBerry announced that Facebook would end support for the APIs. WhatsApp previously announced that it would end support by the end of 2016.

BlackBerry tried to change their minds, even starting a Twitter campaign, but Facebook would not budge.

When WhatsApp made its announcement, the company revealed that Android, iOS and Windows Phone now make up 99.5% of total smartphone sales. WhatsApp said it was dropping support for BlackBerry to concentrate on the bigger-selling platforms.

Facebook will provide support until the end of the year. The smartphone sector continues to evolve apace and it’s a cutthroat world out there for companies that can’t keep up. BlackBerry looks set to concentrate its efforts on enterprise customers, who appreciate the extra security features that the platform offers.

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