There has been quite a few upheavals in the smartphone ecosystem bloodbath in recent times. Google discontinuing support for Exchange Active Sync was the most

WhatsApp: No plans to support BlackBerry 10

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There has been quite a few upheavals in the smartphone ecosystem bloodbath in recent times. Google discontinuing support for Exchange Active Sync was the most recent. Now, we have news that WhatsApp, the popular IM/chat service that has been hailed as the alternative to SMS, will not be available for BlackBerry OS 10. According to an email from the WhatsApp team, “We have no plans to support BlackBerry 10 at the moment, sorry.”

That is not good news for BlackBerry OS 10. Not good at all. Of course, I am convinced that if BlackBerry OS 10 gains traction and builds enough numbers, the WhatsApp development team will have a re-think. But for now…. Make no mistake about it, this is a big issue. Lots of smartphone users live by WhatsApp and are not likely to adopt a platform without that service. Or perhaps, a number will not mind buying and using a BlackBerry 10 smartphone as a backup device. Perhaps.

Going Forward

Can RIM do anything about this? I believe so. How about paying the WhatsApp team to develop for the BB OS 10 platform?

BlackBerry Users!

If you are a current BlackBerry user and was looking forward to OS 10 smartphones, what is your reaction to this news? Do you still intend to purchase one?



  1. I was shocked just now until it dawned on me that I have an android smartphone. It’s as simple as moving the whatsapp usage from BB to Android. Chikena! No qualms. I’m still on board with BB10

  2. If rim sells enuff bb10 phones, I’m sure they will develop an app for bb10. Bb10 apps are said to be similar to android apps. So, it shouldn’t be hard porting to bb10

  3. Some of the big players out there are now trying to suppress some platforms through starvation of services. It may go their way, but sometimes, things have a way of turning against the big and established players.

    Think of Microsoft refusing to acknowledge on time that the world has shifted to mobile and are now chasing the market from behind. Nokia refusing to accept that Symbian is too old and awkward to compete in the modern smartphone business and because of their dominant market position, believed everything will always revolve around their smartphone designs and ideology. Symbian eventually kisses the dust while Nokia is now chasing the smartphone market from an unhealthy position. Intel refusing to channel energy on time to design processors good enough for real mobility and are now also chasing the market.

    All these withdrawal of support for some platforms that are having a bad patch might end up haunting the ones that think they are on top should those platforms eventually gain some traction. Though these actions are more likely going to snuff out life out of these struggling platforms, or at least seriously suppress their growth, there is still the chance that Google and others engaged in this kind of underhand competition could regret it tomorrow.

  4. This is sad. Is there any alternative for whatsapp on bb? Dont think so. We have mere chat alternatives, but file/location sharing? I am not happy with this news. I hope they get to develop the app anyhow they can. Either RIM paying or high sales figure of BB10 forcing the developers.

  5. Whatsapp is not a dealbreaker for me. I can live without it on my smartphones.

    What I’m looking for in BB10 is a great keyboarded-phone, long battery life, and a more mature, functional UI.

  6. Saw a similar post on crackberry yesterday! But that is not stopping me from getting the bb10, viber works well on blackberry n supports viber to viber calls, so I will be using that till whatsapp realizes their mistake

  7. This needs to be updated. I have whatsapp on my Z10. It works fine no can share directly from my twitter account to it.

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