Global online payments system company, PayPal Inc. has announced that it will be discontinuing its mobile applications on BlackBerry, Amazon Fire, and Windows Phone devices effective of 30th June, 2016.
PayPal customers using Amazon Fire and Windows Phone devices still be able to log into PayPal via the paypal mobile web experience while BlackBerry users will still able to use the BBM app to send payments.
In a statement made on Thursday, the company pointed out that, shuttering the service comes in response to the evolving digital payments landscape.
“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.,” the company said in a statement.
“As the digital payments landscape evolves, we will continue to innovate and make enhancements to PayPal’s mobile experiences to give our customers the best possible ways to manage and move their money.”
By the end of next month, all Android devices running OS 4.03 or greater and Apple devices running iOS 8.1 or higher will need to have the latest version 6.0 of PayPal app installed in order to use the service on their smart device.
Version 6.0 of the PayPal mobile app has got enhanced features and a new look and feel. “We have brought features that our customers use most to the forefront such as send and request money, PayPal balance and transaction history.”
Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, Dan Schulman, PayPal president and CEO, said his company had a tremendous opportunity to transform commerce and financial services, and that mobile is at the centre of that evolution, ZDNet reports.
“We are committed to giving people flexibility and choice in the ways they move and manage their money,” he said. “We believe the financial system should be more seamless, secure, and affordable to drive the hopes and aspirations of people outside the traditional financial system.”