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All is not well for BlackBerry’s (BB) native mobile Operating System (OS) as Facebook has decided to drop support for Facebook app and Facebook Messenger for all devices running the BlackBerry OS, by the end of this year, reports TechCrunch. This comes after WhatsApp too said that it would ending support for all BlackBerry devices including the BlackBerry PRIV and other outdated mobiles OSes from Windows Phone and Symbian. BlackBerry users can access Facebook through the web version instead; BlackBerry models running Android will still have support for all Facebook apps, added the report.

Recently, a spokesperson from Blackberry said in a blog post  that they are “extremely disappointed” with the decision of Facebook and WhatsApp nulling support for their native OS. “We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands,” stated the spokesperson in the blog post. The post even suggested people to show their support on social media using the hashtag #ILoveBB10Apps.

BlackBerry further mentions in the post that its commitment to the developer community “continues to be one of the strongest proponents of BlackBerry 10” and that they are “creating thousands of apps every month”.  However, with the likes of Facebook and WhatsApp, which crossed 800 million MAUs, and 1 billion MAUs  respectively, dropping BB 10 support seems to be the end of days for BlackBerry’s native ecosystem.

Android apps for BlackBerry: Although the situation for Blackberry seems grim, probably the only thing that BB users can settle down for is that fact that they can get the top Android apps through the Amazon app store. It was announced for BlackBerry users after the company struck a licensing deal with Amazon in June 2014, with an initial 200,000 Android apps for devices running BlackBerry 10 only.

Global share of BlackBerry OS: Globally, RIM’s Blackberry OS share stood at a plain 0.2% during Q4 FY2015; it peaked at 20.1% during Q1 FY2009—this was at a time when the early BlackBerry Curve models were making its round in the global market. It witnessed a sharp decline since Q4 FY2009 without any notable surge since 2009.

Other updates from BlackBerry:

-In February BlackBerry had launched the PRIV smartphone in India with an initial price tag of Rs 62,990, which was essentially BlackBerry’s attempt to transition to the Android platform.

-In May 2015, Blackberry was in discussion with the regulatory authorities and telecom operators in India to launch a virtual SIM solution by the end of this year. The deal never went through. Note that Blackberry had acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators in September 2014.

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