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WhatsApp finally launches for BlackBerry 10

WhatsApp has finally come to BlackBerry 10, providing users of devices running the recently launched OS a much needed cross-platform messaging service.

The arrival of WhatsApp was officially confirmed on the BlackBerry blog (opens in new tab) yesterday, with the popular SMS app now available to download from BlackBerry World (opens in new tab).

"BlackBerry has been a great platform for WhatsApp for many years. Delivering WhatsApp on BlackBerry 10 devices is in line with our goals of ensuring that our customers around the world can continue to communicate with the most important people in their lives," said WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton.

WhatsApp is regarded by many mobile users as a 'desert island' app, providing free text messaging - complete with media sharing - across operating systems all over the world.

BlackBerry's native Messenger app has historically been a major selling point for the platform, but only allows for free SMS between BlackBerry users. If, for instance, you sport a BlackBerry and want to ping your iPhone-toting friend some irreverent banter regarding the football results, you could be charged in certain situations.

When BlackBerry 10 launched (opens in new tab)back in January, there was much that impressed about the new platform. Balance struck us an especially natty feature, allowing users to switch between dedicated work and personal environments. App availability, however, was an obvious weakness.

Are you tempted to adopt a BlackBerry 10 device? If so, make sure to check out Riyad Emeran's review of the BlackBerry Z10. (opens in new tab)

James is a freelance editor, journalist, and writer with 10+ years experience in digital media, SEO and news writing. He has produced content on a number of Future sites, including TechRadar, ITProPortal, Tom's Guide, and T3, and was Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.