This is the end, my old Blackberry

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Sad news today for Blackberry owners, if there are any left. Facebook just decided to pull its’ app for the device.

The phone company stated that it was “extremely disappointed” in Facebook’s decision, because “we know so many users love these apps”.

A few weeks ago WhatsApp dropped support for Blackberry users.

“We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands,” the company wrote in a blog post. They also invited those who use Facebook or WhatsApp on their BlackBerry to post about it on social media.

iphone_blackberry_ufcThis is not a simple blow. This is a knockout. According to statistics website Statista, “As of the fourth quarter of 2015, Facebook had 1.59 billion monthly active users”.

WhatsApp, “as of February 2016, announced more than 1 billion monthly active users, up from over 700 million in January 2015”.

Blackberry is losing a market that comprises enough people to double the population of China, the world’s most populous country.

Why? Well, clearly, more people are turning into other devices, mainly Android and Apple. However, this move could potentially end the company, as we know it. Who would pay for a smartphone that can’t access Facebook or WhatsApp? What if other apps like Twitter decide to remove support for Blackberry as well?

A possible turnout of events could be another corporation buying it, just like what happened to Nokia mobile department when Microsoft saved it from bankruptcy. Who would be interested though? I see it as another interesting effect of technological convergence.

Is it really the end of this device? If so, what will be the company’s future?

 

sources and links:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/facebook-drops-support-for-blackberry-phones-following-whatsapp-in-leaving-platform-a6944361.html

http://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/

http://www.statista.com/statistics/260819/number-of-monthly-active-whatsapp-users/

http://www.infoplease.com/world/statistics/most-populous-countries.html

 

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4 Comments

  1. This is an extremely interesting read, as I myself am currently working on a 3 minute radio package on the story. This information is a deadly blow to the Blackberry organisation and its customers. However if the cooperation decided to change its target market, it may not be such a problem, if they direct their products to say people who don’t necessarily use those particular apps, for example most of the elderly, and they decided to simplify their phones to support that specific target audience, they may find this news is not as damaging towards their sales as they first thought.

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