On the 14th August BlackBerry received a legal notice from lawyers acting on behalf of SnapChat claiming that Snap2Chat were in violation of IP and that the app should be removed from BlackBerry World with immediate effect.
It would appear this was complied with as the app is no longer listed.
This has left the developer, Nemory, in a bit of a quandry as it would appear, at first glance, that SnapChat are actually angling for something else – namely that the app disappears altogether although, at this stage, this is not entirely certain.
We’ve reached out to the dev and he is desperately trying to comply, although he doesn’t really know what he is supposed to do at this point.
He’s also quite scared, as you would imagine.
Either way, let’s just take a step back here and look at what is going on. We are unaware of any such notices against 3rd party SnapChat clients on Windows Phone, for example. There may be some that were sent out on Thursday too, for all we know.
Why pick on the BlackBerry version?
What are they so scared of?
The truth is that if it wasn’t for the ridiculous intransigence of the likes of SnapChat, Instagram and Vine then our excellent independent devs wouldn’t have had to step in.
Remember how excited everyone was when these apps were developed? Just how many of us were happy to donate just a tiny amount of pounds or dollars each to assist the whole community? How many of us (and loads of us at UTB, for sure) downloaded the apps to show support even if we have never used these apps previously or have no need for them?
And why did we do this? Because the likes of SnapChat made it clear they were quite happy to deny BlackBerry 10 users the use of their service.
There is quite obviously a demand for these apps. At the worst, why didn’t they just port their Android versions over?
There’s legal shenanigans all over the place with this one and, whilst I understand that SnapChat have to protect their IP, they can make all this go away tomorrow.
And simply submit the official SnapChat to BlackBerry World.
In the meantime I take my hat off to the independent third party devs and all in the BlackBerry community who have supported them and shown this ‘denial of service for BlackBerry 10’ policy to be as ridiculous as it so obviously is.
Ladies and gentlemen, here at UTB, we salute you all.
As soon as we know more on this subject (and it is solid fact, NOT unsubstantiated rumour), we’ll let you know.