Blackberry doesn’t seem to have a significant role in smartphone land for some years now, yet the company has never completely dropped the devices it has released over the past ten years, until now.
The company has announced that legacy devices running BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10 software and BlackBerry PlayBook OS will no longer be supported. There will be no more updates for these systems and associated applications. In addition, all support services and servers will be disabled. This means that in some cases it is no longer possible to call the devices. Wi-Fi connections, sending text messages and calling emergency numbers will no longer function reliably.
BlackBerry had previously indicated that it would pull the plug for these devices and support would initially end in September 2020. However, the company had extended support as a thank you for the loyalty of some partners and customers. The manufacturer has also stated in a faq under the announcement that the devices with Android will continue to work. Only if the user uses a BlackBerry hosted e-mail address, has an Enhanced Sim Based License (ESBL) or Identity Based License (IBL), will they have to transfer their data to other services and create new e-mail addresses. The BlackBerry Messenger (BBM and BBMe) will continue to work on other platforms.
The manufacturer may be doing practically nothing more in the smartphone field, but in the embedded world they still have a finger in the pie. The BlackBerry QNX system is used in various embedded systems, including the automotive industry. The company said last summer that more than 195 million vehicles run on this operating system. Nevertheless, the end is really in sight for the smartphone branch, the lights will go out for good on January 4, 2022.
Source: Hardware Info Compleet by nl.hardware.info.
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