By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 22, 2013 08:34 AM EST
Instagram fans hoping to see the popular app on the BlackBerry 10 could be set for some pretty bad news.
Per reports, the likelihood of Instagram heading over to users with BlackBerry 10 is quite low as sources close to the company have also agreed to the fact.
The report arrived from AllThingsD when sources close to Instagram told the Web site that a native version of the photo-sharing application is not coming to BlackBerry 10, at least not anytime soon.
“There will be no [native] Instagram for BB10 for now,” one of the sources stated. “Frankly, I’m not sure there will ever be.”
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Instagram is actually ignoring BlackBerry 10 altogether. AllThingsD states that the company is working on a port of the Android version of the app, as was reported by The Verge last month.
“The Verge has seen a version of Instagram running on a BlackBerry Z10, and it looked very much like Instagram on Android — in fact, it likely was the Android version of the app running on the custom runtime that BlackBerry created,” the previous report stated.
However, it has also been stated that Android ports don’t really offer the same sort of experience as those developed on BlackBerry’s Cascades SDK.
As the site states: “They don’t feel native and, as has been widely reported, they often perform sluggishly and generally appear divorced from the rest of the operating system. There’s no question that BlackBerry would much prefer Instagram for BB10 not to be a wrapped Android app. But sources say that’s the best it’s going to get.”
This, however, contradicts with the statement made by BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins last year that the company has a big chance of turning BlackBerry 10 into the “No. 3 mobile ecosystem in the world.” To do that, the company will need a decisive mass of native apps, particularly big-name ones.
While the company actually managed to introduce big names Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare with the debut of BlackBerry 10, a lot of other important and popular apps were still missing out, and that could come as a decisive factor. Now, as it seems, Instagram will be the latest app to miss out of BB10.
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