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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

TECH NEWS: Facebook and WhatsApp withdraws support for Blackberry

Research in Motion (RIM), the Canadian tech company that makes Blackberry, whose market price has been on a decline in the market suffers yet another big blow, as social media giant Facebook and her subsidiary WhatsApp withdraws support for the Blackberry platform.

Initially it was WhatsApps, that announced that it would withdraw support for the older mobile operating systems including BlackBerry devices (BB10 included), Symbian 40, Symbian 60, Android 2.1 and 2.2 and Windows Phone 7.1. and now Facebook is also discontinuing its API, the essential support for the BlackBerry, by the end of the year.

Unhappy with the latest development, BlackBerry tried to approach both the social media platforms to try and renew support. However, there has been no positive response from either of the Mark Zuckerberg-owned companies.

And in a bid to counter the move and remain relevant, BlackBerry has launched an update with its own Facebook app for its devices. The company did same for WhatsApp as well. The API supports help the device sync with the activities on Facebook. This means that with the new update, BlackBerry users will not get any instant updates of new messages, notifications or even contact synchronisation with the phonebook of your device.

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