BlackBerry stopped making its once popular QWERTY keyboard that featured on BlackBerryOS phones years ago, but the devices still had software support. This however, is not going to last much longer. The company has now announced that it is officially ending support for BlackBerryOS devices on January 4 of this year.
BlackBerry has announced that BlackBerry phones running the BlackBerry 7.1 operating system and earlier versions of BlackBerry 10 software will no longer benefit from legacy services after January 4 of this year. This means that these phones could lose basic functionality like calling and texting.
“We thank our many loyal customers and partners over the years and invite you to learn more about how BlackBerry provides smart security software and services to businesses and governments around the world,” BlackBerry said in a new post. blog post.
BlackBerry also ended support for its popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service in 2019. The company will also discontinue support for its tablet operating systems such as BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions.
Blackberry was set to make its comeback according to its new announcement in 2020. After being discontinued by TCL earlier in 2020, BlackBerry announced a licensing partnership with OnwardMobility and FIH Mobile Limited, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group, to bring new smartphones with the nostalgic QWERTY keyboard.
However, there has been no update on the same since. It remains to be seen how the new developments affect the performance of the company. The new phones have been announced to launch with Android software, so a BlackBerryOS comeback is out of the question. More details on these phones could come later.