PayPal to Discontinue Apps for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Kindle

PayPal recently announced that it plans to pull support for its apps on the Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Amazon Kindle Fire mobile platforms, as the company doubles down on its new and updated apps for iOS and Android (via CNET). Users on the three operating systems in question have until June 30 to access the PayPal app.

In the blog post announcing the impending sunset of PayPal's app on Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and Kindle, the company mentions that on each platform users will still be able to access the money transferring service, through various internet browsers on PayPal's mobile web experience. PayPal said it hopes this move will help it put all its focus on "creating the very best experiences for our customers."

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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.
In addition to internet browsers, those with BlackBerry devices can still send peer-to-peer PayPal payments through the BlackBerry Messenger app, and Outlook users can enable the PayPal add-in feature to deliver payments within the email client.

PayPal's announcement comes a few days after Microsoft confirmed the company is scaling back its mobile phone business. Both Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices have been in a last place competition behind Android and iOS for the past few years, with Windows devices dropping from 2.5 percent of the worldwide smartphone market share in Q1 2015, to 0.7 percent in Q1 2016. BlackBerry fell from an already-miniscule 0.4 percent to 0.2 percent in the same time frame.

The closing of the BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Kindle Fire apps will allow PayPal to renew focus on its popular iOS and Android applications, which it hopes to "innovate and make enhancements" to as the digital payment landscape continues to evolve. In the same blog post, the company reminds customers that they will have to update to version 6.0 of the PayPal app [Direct Link] between June 3 and June 30. The updated app includes a renewed priority on sending and requesting money along with a cleaner aesthetic.



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38 months ago
So thats dozens of people affected! DOZENS!
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38 months ago
So, Microsoft move officially announce the end of mobile war. There will only be two mobile operating systems on market for quite a while: Android with all its variants, and, iOS.
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38 months ago
The PayPal app on iOS does LESS than just going to their website. I downloaded it and tried out all its features. It's a joke. I don't know why they waste their time with it. The website is mobile optimized and works perfectly.
They might as well dump the iOS app too while they're at it. I deleted mine.
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38 months ago

PayPal recently announced ('https://www.paypal.com/stories/us/its-time-to-upgrade-to-version-60-of-the-paypal-app') that it plans to pull support for its apps on the Windows Phone

Can't say that I'm surprised, vendors, developers have been shedding what little support on the windows phone as it is.


as I was envisioning it as the come back phone a

There is no comeback phone, The windows phone platform is dead as a door nail.
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38 months ago
microsoft phone gone the way of the zune...

I remember they did a ton of advertising for their phone, guess that didn't pan out very well for them.
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38 months ago

I love to laugh in the face of the Blackberry fans. The only reason that phone was every good was the BBM (talk about a killer app).

I can't believe it was priced similar to the iphone. Apps that look like they were built for a nokia phone, constant restarting, dying batteries within a year, unable to even play a YouTube video, 1990's OS. Good bye BB.


Seriously. How dare anyone pioneer an industry Apple would later ride to becoming the most valuable company on earth? The very nerve of Blackberry ever to have existed at all.
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38 months ago
What Steve said:

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38 months ago

Is it really bad that I use Lumia1520 and Paypal but yet I'm some how not one of the Dozens effected?

On a separate note I really did not want to hear this before the surface phone launch as I was envisioning it as the come back phone and losing Paypal will not help people who have app gap worries.

Looks like I might have to put a bit more thought into my plan b, Android or IOS

I develop apps and I goto be honest I liked windows phone. I had it and it was great. But the app store was dead and then people started buying these phones when it came cheap. I was about to make an app for Windows phone and then it just started falling. I did a lot of talking to people about their phones and they said they hated it and they were moving off it pretty fast or using an iPod or something for apps. In the end, I stopped coding the app half way through and I'm glad I did.

I would have had to do a lot of work for Windows 10 as the apps dont exactly play nice, the user base has fallen like a slide and now there are only a few people left on it.
The reason I take the fun out of it is because when put the app on ice, I knew MS had to work their arse off to change the system around and I knew they wouldnt until too late.
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38 months ago

Plenty of?

Windows Phone is primarily made up of phones from Microsoft... and Windows Phone only had 0.7% market share last quarter.

Who are these "plenty" of manufacturers?


Blu, LG, Moly, Alcatel, Acer, and Huawei, just to name a few. As the OS continues to evolve like it is, so will the manufacturers. As mentioned in a post above, there are plenty. There's really no need at all for 200~ like on Android as you claimed (even though most of those are just resellers of generic, unbranded phones).
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38 months ago
Good. The idea of Microsoft should be coming to an end. Their phones are terrible, browser is garbage, and don't get me started about the Windows OS
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