Weekend Rants: Why It feels so wrong to own a BlackBerry now

Apps are are the life blood of any operating system. In simple terms, any platform that doesn’t offer users a good number of apps to use ,is better off dead. The case of BlackBerry has been raging on for years, and I must admit, there has been occasional glimmers of hope. Unfortunately, this fight for survival is corroding into a deeper well the company, as well as her users, are finding hard to get out from. It is a sorry situation really.


A few weeks ago, WhatsApp announced they would be ending support for Windows 7 phones and all BlackBerry platforms, including BlackBerry 10. That last part troubled me. Come on. This is a platform that just came out a few years ago, with good number of people still using it – say 1% of smartphone users.

I used to be proud of WhatsApp for one thing. Of all other apps and developers, they still maintained support for older devices and platforms. Imagine where people using the old Java and Symbian devices still enjoy WhatsApp, and still receive regular updates. That was commitment and a good spirit of carrying every one along, so it really hurts to see such news coming from same WhatsApp.

Just yesterday , another blow came along. Facebook joined the list of people ditching BlackBerry, by relegating their app to a web link. Sigh. Who would join next?

After reading this article published by BlackBerry It is clear to see that BlackBerry is almost dead and gone. After begging Facebook and WhatsApp to restore their services they refused. Hence, asides owners of the Priv, it’s quite sad to be a BlackBerry owner right now. I heavily sympathize with you guys, because I’ve been there so many times.

At a point, I even wanted to analyse,” Windows Phones and BlackBerry, who would die first?” But with the new developments, it appears Windows Phones still have some lengths to go before facing oblivion. In fact, I’m currently looking to cop a BlackBerry Z30, though I’m already having double minds about it. Take heart my brethren. It shall be well.

Chibueze is an award-winning gadget reviewer and geek. He loves research, while living and breathing tech. You can reach him on Facebook, Twitter ,OR LinkedIn

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