PayPal is killing its Windows Phone and BlackBerry/Amazon app
We found out yesterday that Microsoft is further exiting the consumer market when it comes to Windows Phone and while that announment probably did not play into PayPal’s decision, none the less they are killing their Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire app June 30th.
For Windows Phone users, we will sunset the current version of the PayPal app on June 30. However, Windows Phone users can still access PayPal through our mobile web experience on Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. Outlook.com users can also use the PayPal add-in to send money directly from their inbox.
If you are an Amazon Fire or Blackberry user, we will be discontinuing the PayPal app on June 30, after which you will no longer be able to use the app. However, customers on these devices can still log into PayPal on these phones via our mobile web experience. Blackberry users can also continue to use the BBM app to send peer-to-peer payments via PayPal.
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.
They do offer a glimmer of hope to these users in that the mobile web version of the app will still work on these platforms so you will still be able to transfer money or pay bills.
I think at this point it is safe to say that the smartphone race is now 100% a two horse race.