No WhatsApp? No Problem, Says BlackBerry

March 8, 2016, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It was only a few days before that the Facebook-owned WhatsApp decided to have the wires unplugged from the aging operating systems. And that included BlackBerry 10 OS.

It came like news that echoed moods of dejection. But in truth the percentage share of these OSes are so trivial that it barely mattered. However, BlackBerry doesn’t look like they are giving up on that minor count.

The Canada-based company has just sent out its response to the WhatsApp withdrawal, and they were nowhere close to being panic. In an e-mail statement, BlackBerry has said that they are now on the lookout for developing alternatives for WhatsApp once it pulls out of the older BB devices this year.


This would apply to all BlackBerry OS until the version 10. However, BlackBerry has dismissed the worries of WhatsApp getting withdrawn from its latest Android output, the Priv. Obviously that was not bound to happen anyway either. After all, Priv runs Android 5.1 Lollipop which is only an infant compared to the OS mentioned by WhatsApp.

In the meantime, they have also suggested the option of trying out BlackBerry Messenger as the alternate for WhatsApp for the users of BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10 OS. The service, which was initially launched as BlackBerry-exclusive, later got expanded to get the cross-platform supports, and now extends its reach upon iOS, Androids and Windows Phone devices.

It would be a better option, as bringing back their focus on a BB exclusive, especially for the older devices, would only shake up their current progress they gained after the Android inclusion.

WhatsApp earlier announced that it would unplug support for older OS including BlackBerry, Nokia S40 and S60, and a few older Android version before this year comes to an end.

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