PayPal has confirmed that it is scrapping its official apps for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon Fire devices at the end of June. Those who use these platforms will have to resort to the PayPal web app instead.
PayPal’s announcement comes days after new statistics from Gartner revealed that Windows Phone’s market share is now at less than 1 percent — while BlackBerry’s and Amazon’s is even smaller than that.
As a result, the number of people using these platforms just isn’t enough to warrant the resources required to maintain native apps for them. PayPal says it would prefer to use those resources to create better customer experiences.
That’s obviously not the case for Android and iOS, which will continue to be supported by PayPal. However, users will need to install version 6.0 of the PayPal app, which requires Android 4.0.3 or later, and iOS 8.1 or later.
As for the other platforms, PayPal will drop support on June 30. After that, users will need to access the service in their browser instead — however, some special features will still be available on some of these platforms.
For instance, Windows Phone users will still be able to user PayPal to send money directly from your Outlook inbox, while those on BlackBerry devices will be able to send cash via BBM.