BlackBerry is banking a lot on its new operating system BlackBerry 10 to
make a comeback. In order to succeed in this mission the Canadian
smartphone maker is striving hard to maintain a robust ecosystem.
BlackBerry had recently rechristened its BlackBerry App World as
BlackBerry World. The name change was in line with BlackBerry's plan to
reposition its store as not merely an app store but to add mobile and
video content as well.
The company had launched its BlackBerry 10
device Z10 on January 30, 2013 with 70,000 applications available for
the consumers. This was made possible thanks to the 'Portathon sessions'
that BlackBerry had organised to entice developers to port their
existing applications to the BlackBerry 10 OS. The company was offering
range of incentives under this scheme including a change to get their
hands on a limited edition red coloured BlackBerry Z10 smartphone.
of the popular applications such as Skype, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,
Foursquare and Angry Birds were already available at the time of the
launch. However, one big name missing in this array of apps was that of
Instagram. It was expected that the app will come soon enough, but that
may no longer be the case.
As per a report from AllThingsD, it
seems that BlackBerry 10 is not likely to get native Instagram app in
the near future. In conversation with AllThingsD, sources close to
Instagram said "There will be no [native] Instagram for BB10 for now.
Frankly, I'm not sure there will ever be."
This would definitely
come as a blow to BlackBerry as Instagram is quite a popular photo
sharing app on the Android and iOS platforms. However, there have been
reports in the past that suggest that BlackBerry is already working on
porting the Android version of Instagram to its BlackBerry World. So
this means that the BlackBerry 10 will be able to get a feel of
Instagram but not the real thing. Though this does not sound like a deal
breaker but it will be interesting to see till when Instagram will
ignore BlackBerry 10.