Update: BlackBerry 10 users may have to live without Instagram, says Facebook insider

Daniel Bader

October 15, 2012 10:14pm


Uh oh. In what could turn out to be a considerable blow to RIM’s upcoming operating system, Venturebeat has learned that Facebook has no intention of bringing its popular Instagram app to BlackBerry 10. While RIM has promised native apps from social network leaders such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare and, of course, Facebook, a company insider has shared that at least for the time being there are no plans to do the same for Instagram.

As much as non-users tend to dismiss Instagram as a silly little photo app, the fact is that there are over 100 million users posting thousands of photos per hour, all from just two platforms. While the iPhone provided the amniotic fluid in which Instagram gestated, its expansion to Android has been the true catalyst for growth, adding nearly 70 million users since April.

RIM has also been providing thousands of developers with beta devices, dubbed Dev Alpha, on which they’ve been tasked to build the very apps that users will have access to at launch. They’re already accepting apps, despite the fact that the first devices will launch in Q1 2013.

And yes, Instagram is but one app. But its availability, or lack thereof, speaks to RIM’s difficult road ahead. You can serenade all the developers you want, but at the end of the day it’s cold hard cash that will get them creating. Then again, RIM has promised that, too. RIM also teased an Instagram-like service built right into BlackBerry 10. While proprietary networks rarely succeed, BBM is currently 60 million strong and counting, and if RIM figured out how to successfully bundle a decent image-sharing network right into the BB10 BBM app, there’s no telling where it might go.

Then again, this may just be a case of waiting it out; if BB10 turns out to be as successful as RIM hopes (and expects), Facebook could very well change its mind. We’re sure a considerable number of BlackBerry loyalists will try to convince them.

Update: There’s an interesting post from Kevin over at CrackBerry that states “I checked in with my contacts that all but gave formal confirmation that RIM continues to have a strong relationship with Facebook, who now owns Instagram, and that you will see Instagram come to BlackBerry 10.” – IH

Source: Venturebeat

  • qu3becker

    Thank you. I can’t stand Instagram.

    • RyanOver

      ils disent toutes ça… 500px is better but still instagram is more popular

    • tech

      RyanOver must be high.
      500px contains actual professional’s work. Not of people who like to take picture of food.

    • 2Xpensive

      A Facebook “insider” “Believes” that “potential” “future” users of an OS that DOESN’t exist “Might” not be getting Instagram.

      Wow; that’s a new record: That’s “almost 5 IFs ..”I think”!

      An alternative for the title would be:
      “Instagram won’t work on BB10″

  • RyanOver

    ahahaha… all of these fellas waiting for BB10… I’m pretty sure that this will not be the only app BB10 will not get

    • R.Dot

      Hurr durr.. try to put together a coherent sentence next time.

    • bb

      i don’t believe this article, and if there is any truth, it is because IPhone won’t allow facebook to give them one of the popular apps. Not for me, but for others.

  • Kid.Canada

    That sh*t is overrated anyways. There’s either Facebook photos or twitpic.

    P.S: Before anyone says its because I use a BlackBerry, well I don’t. I’ve never downloaded the app in my life so I can live without it.

  • gwydionjhr

    I believe @crackberrykevin might disagree with you on this one.

  • MER1978

    I still don’t get what Instagram gives you over facebook with maybe a bit of whatsapp groups or direct message.

  • Nib

    Come on facebook, give the people what they want!

  • Ron Mexico

    Bb users have lived without decent apps since the bb was released, they’re used to it.

  • R.Dot

    What CrackBerry Kevin said, Facebook has a great relationship with RIM. What easier way is there to add 80 million users to your user base than making a BB10 app? There WILL be a BB10 Instagram app.

  • Plazmic Flame

    Here we go again…

  • Yupperz

    Oh no, how will BB10 users live without pictures of their friends’ food.

  • NewB

    Instagram is definitely coming to BB10. Not like I use it, but meh, no one knows RIM like @crackberrykevin. ;)

  • peterallcdn

    Wow!… You’re late to the game with a story that has pretty much already proven to be incorrect. CrackBerry Kevin has even better sources and they say Instagram is definitely coming to BB10. Kevin is so sure that he has offered to buy someone a car if Instagram doesn’t show up. Dig a little deeper next time MobileSyrup…

    • Netguru

      I share your sentiment…but that would be too much work for that gossip monger.

  • kmdb

    I was at the Blackberry 10 Consumer Forum tonight in Calgary and was able to try out the Dev Alpha B. It was my first time getting my hands on a BB10 device and I have to say I was pretty impressed. I’ve been a Blackberry user for years (currently using a Nokia Lumia 900 for mere interest). Facebook would be foolish to not release Instagram for BB10 – but I trust that @crackberrykevin knows what he’s talking about it. Blackberry By Choice.

  • wat

    Just side load the android app onto BB 10 and call it a day.

  • Dalex

    Oh no! Not instagram! How else shall I indulge my hipster barista ways? How shall I take irrelevant pictures of useless crap and then put amazingly annoying filters on em to make them even worse?

  • Dave

    Photo resolution: plaid

  • jc

    Sad part is that if they don’t have instagram, the press and all the kiddies will say it’s a fail. All because of a useless app. Instagram = let’s use an app that makes it impossible to tell the difference between the latest high-res, backside illuminated sensors and those from two-year old phones. Well, maybe instagram will deal with the purple lens flare on the iPhone 5 :)

  • d3v14n7

    Good! Less wannabe photographers able to use Instagram in order to make the stupid photos no one wants to see look even worse with ridiculously idiotic filters… How is this a bad thing? It’s the best news I’ve heard about BB10 yet! The other platforms should follow in BB10’s footsteps and remove Instagram (and any other app like it) from their app stores as well.

  • Swizzlerz

    I am sure we will see it on windows 8 and windows phone 8… as MICROSOFT does own part of FACEBOOK!

  • BaconTelevision

    Uh oh!
    I might actually have to learn how to use photoshop.

  • Sanjiro

    I don’t know if they’ll make a native BB instagram app, but I can’t see it hurting if they repackage the android app to work on BB; less work and with the kind of power the BB10 devices are going to have, I doubt most people will complain about an android version over native.

  • hoo dat

    Oh no! You mean I won’t be able to take faux sepia toned pictures that have been altered to look like stills from old films??!!

    My 12 year old previous self is devastated!

  • Jack

    LOL – this has probably been misinterpreted.

    I would would bet that it’s correct both ways. Facebook probably isn’t making Instagram for BlackBerry 10, but RIM is probably making the Instagram for Facebook for BlackBerry 10.

    They did make the Facebook apps for the phone and the PlayBook.

  • Jack

    And who is this “company insider”? Lots of journalists throw this around and a lot of time it smacks of “I make this s**t up and say that an ‘unnamed insider told me’.

  • OgtheDim

    Two things to remember:

    Dissing RIM makes for good google news SEO.

    Good google news SEO does not equal truth.

  • Larry

    R.Dot, you don’t get 80 million users by supporting BB10. It won’t run on any older devices, so you get exactly as many users as buy brand new BB10-supporting devices. It is highly unlikely that number will ever reach 80 million, since many of those devices are in countries where only the lower cost BB devices sell.

    • bb

      good point, but you also have to believe that most bb users will upgrade, and those cheaper devices you are speaking of might still be the bb10 as they are not going to price the new phone anywhere near apple as they don’t want to scare off customers.

    • 2Xpensive

      Remember that the number: “80 Million users”:

      Comes directly from RIM and is not audited.
      Is from Q2
      We have to wait for the numbers of Q3, Q4, and since it will be coming by March Q1
      At that point we will have to see how many poeple people RIM has left that haven’t jumped away into another ecosystem.

      Mid March is still 6 months away!
      Motorolas to come,
      Nexus to come
      Baby S3 to come
      Nokias and HTC with W8 to come
      Playbook at $99 to come etc…
      And they still sell the 9900 from Sept 2011 at $600 ??
      LOL! with a side of fries!

  • Dale

    I have Instagram and many of my friends also, but it is not as memorable as many may believe. I am friends with maybe 30 and there is only random pics but nobody posts consistently. I only check once a month and could definitely live without.

  • Jess

    That would be the dummest thing ever, hahahaha. I hope it goes threw and shows how stupid blackberry really is, no instagram ? It’s the reason why I changed my blackberry for an Android, because of that specific reason. BLACKBERRY, YOU SUCK.

  • 2dfx

    Whining about app compatibility in BB10 I think will be a thing of the past, namely thanks to the Android player. Sure native apps will work “out of the box” and give you that TRUE seamless integration, but the truly desperate will sideload some Android version of it and will make it work.

    Flexibility is key here!