WhatsApp is an alternative to text messaging that’s used by millions of people around the globe. While it’s not all that popular in Canada and the US, it has a huge international user base, with many users in countries where SMS and MMS are relatively expensive options. The company has announced that they are suspending support for Blackberry 10 and by the end of the year the app will be pulled from Blackberry World.
WhatsApp says it wants to focus on apps for operating systems that “offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future.” But at least one of the operating systems that WhatsApp is abandoning is a modern OS with modern features. But BlackBerry 10 has a tiny market share, suggesting that it might just not be worth the developers’ time to continue supporting a native WhatsApp client for the platform.
Good e-Reader will continue to offer support for the Blackberry Playbook and Blackberry 10 devices via the Good e-Reader App Store.
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