Some BlackBerry 10 fans never thought they would see the day when WhatsApp initially decided not to support the BB10 platform. However, the popular instant messaging client is now available as expected, and in native form as confirmed by WhatsApp’s Neeraj Arora through a tweet late last month.
“In building a native application for the BlackBerry 10 platform, WhatsApp has been able to provide a fantastic user experience that leverages the true multi-tasking capabilities of BlackBerry 10,” said WhatsApp in a press release. “WhatsApp Messenger for BlackBerry 10 provides a high quality messaging experience that utilizes real-time push notifications to alert you when you receive messages – even when the screen is locked.”
The newfangled BlackBerry 10 app features “real-time push notifications” that are displayed even when the device is locked, as well as tight integration with the Hub and Flow, allowing users to check messages as part of their normal workflow. When first logging in to WhatsApp, your contacts will be uploaded in encrypted form to the company’s servers, which will then match up your local people will those on the app.