BlackBerry is 'exploring alternatives' to WhatsApp
Following the news that the popular messaging service is leaving BB10 behind, BlackBerry is openly exploring WhatsApp alternatives for the platform.
A final nail has been put in the coffin, but there’s someone still scratching inside; in the wake of WhatsApp officially leaving older platforms behind – Symbian S60 and BB10 included – BlackBerry has stated that it is actively exploring WhatsApp alternatives for the platform.
BB10 is arguably the strongest platform WhatsApp is set to leave behind at the end of this year, as the service will discontinue support for the operating system in December of 2016. Read: WhatsApp to cease support for multiple platforms
While the natural alternative for BlackBerry would ultimately be BlackBerry Messenger, the service seems intent to retain some measure of WhatsApp support for its users.
In a statement to TechRadar, a BlackBerry spokesperson stated that “While the app landscape continues to evolve, our commitment to BlackBerry 10 and our developers is unwavering… We are actively exploring alternatives for BlackBerry users once support of WhatsApp Messenger for BBOS and BlackBerry 10 ends in late 2016.”
The company official continued to state that “For the most secure messaging platform, consumers can use BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10 and securely communicate and share images and videos with others around the world” the spokesperson explained, “even with users on iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile devices.“Ž”
While BlackBerry Messenger still enjoys a degree of popularity, the service has fallen behind its rivals. For consumers ardent on remaining on the BB10 platform – or who can’t afford the BlackBerry Priv – things remain, at present, up in the air.
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