Britain's Times to pull BlackBerry app due to lack of interest

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Passers-by walk in front of a BlackBerry service centre in Jakarta September 25, 2013.
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Passers-by walk in front of a BlackBerry service centre in Jakarta September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Beawiharta

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's The Times newspaper said on Tuesday it would no longer make its mobile app available on a Blackberry because few people used it, in another sign that rival smartphone makers are trumping its technology.

Blackberry's (BB.TO) steep revenue decline and mounting losses have forced the technology pioneer to accept a tentative $4.7 billion offer from its largest shareholder to take it private.

The Times and Sunday Times apps will be withdrawn on Blackberry from October 31, while Apple(NSQ:AAPL) and Android(NSQ:GOOG) users' access will remain unchanged, the British newspaper said in an email to subscribers.

"While The Times' app on iPhone, iPad and android continues to be very successful, very few people use the app on their Blackberry," a spokeswoman for the News Corp-owned (NSQ:NWSA) newspaper said.

(Reporting by Lorraine Turner; Additional reporting by Brenda Goh; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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