Zuckerberg Just Hammered Another Big Fat Nail Into BlackBerry's Coffin

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Poor BlackBerry. The former smartphone heavyweight has taken a big one on the chin from Facebook, which is dropping support for BlackBerry’s mobile operating systems. It’s not clear when the social network intends to cut ties, but when it does, BlackBerry users will only be able to access the site through a browser.

"We are extremely disappointed in their decision, as we know so many users love these apps," wrote Lou Gazzola, BlackBerry's senior marketing manager for developer relations, in a blog post. "We fought back to work with WhatsApp and Facebook to change their minds, but at this time, their decision stands.

"Despite this, we have worked hard to ensure that our end-users have the best experience in light of this decision, and we are continuing to search for alternate solutions."

A bigger blow arguably came last month, when Facebook-owned WhatsApp announced it would discontinue its Blackberry 10 and BBOS apps by the end of the year. But it’s all bad really. The Canadian firm had been hoping to kickstart a recovery with the release of the impressive Android-running BlackBerry Priv, but the rot is proving almost impossible to stop. [Verge, BlackBerry]