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Tapscape | February 11, 2016

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No native BB10 Instagram app on the cards

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Sadly, it seems that a native BB10 Instagram app will not be coming to the new mobile operating system, even though CrackBerry stated it was “definitely” happening.

Instagram and BlackBerry were apparently working on a native BB10 Instagram app when BlackBerry 10 launched, and this was an ongoing process, which would take a month or two to complete.

AllThingsD is claiming sources close to Instagram are not planning anything of the sort, surprisingly. Facebook, the owner of Instagram, has had nothing to say regarding the situation. It is odd that the parent would add their social app to BB10, but would not add at least a port of Instagram to BlackBerry.

Even more surprising is that both Facebook and Instagram don’t seem to want to push the native BB10 Instagram app, despite a lot of people picking up the BlackBerry Z10 in the UK. Perhaps they don’t see the appeal of BlackBerry in the long run.

The port for the Facebook Android app is having problems and Facebook are working with BlackBerry to fix this, although some sources say BlackBerry is doing most of the hard work.

It feels like both Facebook and Instagram don’t see the native BB10 Instagram app as being profitable or widely used. In our view, the one thing BlackBerry 10 really needs to get the ball rolling is apps, and if top-tier developers cannot be bothered, the OS will never have a wide selection of apps.

BlackBerry did have a great start, but between the low amount of apps and waiting a month for the first device to come out in the US, the excitement is starting to wear thin. The company are in desperate need of some solid US results, as they cannot rely on UK and European sales alone, which do not rack up in the millions.

In the UK there have apparently been 250,000 BlackBerry Z10 devices bought.

Can you see your future smartphone being a BlackBerry? If yes, are you okay with BB10 having an underwhelming app store? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Paul Fezziwig

    BB10 gets Instagram Android port, has photo editing software and you think its a news worthy story they won’t have a third option? will such users survive under such trying circumstances? Lazy journalism.

  • David

    It’s worth noting that many will decide what phone to have on the basis of the apps store, and not having Instagram is kind off a turn off point, in my opinion.

  • Paul Fezziwig

    Last I heard apps were a distant 4th place for smartphone user requirements, only fear mongering journalist keep raisng this issue. The list: 1] phone calls (quality/reliability) 2] texting 3] social media (facebook/twiiter/linkenin) and a distant 4] (cr)apps

  • David

    That must be an old survey, because the top five most used features on smartphones nowadays are:

    1. internet
    2. social media
    3. games
    4. calling
    5. texting

  • Paul Fezziwig

    doh ! you forced me to google this that last 2 minutes….the most recent and comprehensive survey results I found was at the following link, it did resemble my statement more than yours though except for the browsing the internet part , we both missed the camera and music importance:

  • Paul Fezziwig

    I wish both articles wrote more about the survey itself…like the number of people surveyed and the demography…age has a lot to do with these survey’s, needless to say younger kids play a lot more games and grownups not so much.

  • Wasee Haque

    Yes, But is there any app for Kindle Fire HD. And will it crash says that they didn’t release a ful page app for Kindle Fire