Facebook set to leave BlackBerry 10 behind

Following news that WhatsApp will depart the platform by the end of 2016, social media giant Facebook is to leave BlackBerry 10 behind as well.

Talk about kicking a dog while it’s down; shortly after WhatsApp announced its plans to depart BlackBerry’s BB10 operating system, another social media giant has announced it will cease support for its apps on the platform; Facebook is to leave BlackBerry 10 behind.
Facebook will cease support for the platform by the end of the year, meaning that while the app will still function on BB10 devices, no new updates or technical support will be made available moving forward.
Read: WhatsApp to cease support for multiple platforms
Since BlackBerry first unveiled the Priv, the company has moved forward under the Android banner, with another device running the OS set to be released later this year under the working codename ‘Vienna’.
While key company representatives have stated that BlackBerry will be Android-only moving forward, the company’s INSIDE BlackBerry blog has stated instead that the company will be committed to the platform and its developer community.
The company has taken to social media to encourage support of its own operating system, encouraging Twitter users to post with the hashtag #ILoveBB10Apps.
Presently, BlackBerry has not confirmed any plans to release another BB10 device this year, with company CEO John Chen himself confirming that BlackBerry is now focussed on growing its product range under the Android banner.
The company’s new Android flagship, the Priv, integrated many previous BlackBerry 10 features with Android 5.1 Lollipop – and, later this year – Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Read: BlackBerry Priv Review: Crossing the Rubicon
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