Due to undisclosed reasons, PayPal is killing off its mobile app for Windows Phone, Amazon Fire and BlackBerry devices starting June 30th, 2016. Owners of Android and iOS devices are advised to update their PayPal app to the latest version, which is currently 6.
The official PayPal blog post that announces the drastic change, PayPal VP Joanna Lambert encourages the users who are left behind to use the mobile browsers to access the PayPal website version.
“We will sunset the current version on June 30” for Windows Phone, Amazon Fire and BlackBerry, says the official statement. A poetic phrase makes the whole statement sound even more robotic, but the nails in the coffin of the two mobile OS are piling up. A few weeks ago, Facebook announced it will be discontinuing its WhatsApp app development for BlackBerry and old Nokias. So, we’re witnessing agony of BlackBerry. We have yet to see how Microsoft tackles the blow.
“It was a difficult decision to no longer support the PayPal app on these mobile platforms, but we believe it’s the right thing to ensure we are investing our resources in creating the very best experiences for our customers. We remain committed to partnering with mobile device providers, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.”
Starting June 3 through June 30, the update will be forced on you, and it will support:
- Android 4.03 and up
- iOS 8.1 and up
- iPhone 4S and greater, iPad 2 and greater, iPod Touch 5th gen and greater
Version 6 of PayPal mobile app comes with enhanced design and features that will include sending and requesting money, transaction history and PayPal balance.
- Windows Phone users will be able to access the service from their mobile browsers as well as use their Outlook PayPal add-in to send money directly from the inbox.
- Amazon Fire users will be able to access PayPal website from their mobile browsers, as well as BlackBerry users. The latter will still be able to use Peer-2-Peer payments from their BBM app.
Download the latest version of the app using the links above, and feel free to share your thoughts on the future of BlackBerry, if any, and Windows Phone now that we see some major players quit supporting their apps for them.