It was just yesterday that we brought you word on how PayPal is all set to shut down its BlackBerry app this coming 30th of June, and here we are with word that the payments service too, will stop offering support for apps on Microsoft and Amazon Kindle Fire – simply because it would like to focus more on the likes of Apple iOS and Google Android devices.
It makes sense for stopping support for Microsoft, since Microsoft’s handset division is not exactly one that is doing rip-roaring business, with Microsoft working on a downsizing plan that will see 1,850 people lose their jobs in the process, while BlackBerry has not shown any progress in terms of being back to where it was in the smartphone market a decade ago. To see PayPal also wield the axe with Amazon Kindle Fire is a surprise, however, as that cheap tablet continues to be remains popular. Amazon does make use of a variant of Android which will make it less compatible compared to the standard version of Google’s operating system, which requires developers to fine-tune their apps prior, but that should not be a huge stumbling block.
Joanna Lambert, PayPal’s vice president of consumer product, shared, “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.”