BlackBerry has announced it is ending support for all its devices running BlackBerry OS on January 4. The announcement came as an update on the FAQs section on the BlackBerry website and was discovered by ArsTechnica earlier today, December 31.
Blackberry used to be a major player in the smartphone segment because of its keyboard-based hardware with features running on BlackBerry servers which, in turn, provide users with high levels of security.
“Since pivoting to an enterprise software and cybersecurity company, we have received questions about our plans to provide ongoing support for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier and BlackBerry 10 devices,” Blackberry wrote on its website.
“On January 4, 2022, devices running on these service offerings through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer reliably function,” it said.
By then, BlackBerry will disable calls, SMS, cellular data, and the 9-1-1 functionality on all BlackBerry phones running BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10. It bears noting, though, that BlackBerry handsets running Android are not included in the closedown.
The brand’s iconic QWERTY phones began losing their edge in 2007 when Apple introduced the first iPhone. As you already know, Apple’s handset quickly took the market by storm for having the sleekest multi-touch screen at that time and for enabling users to browse the web as they would on a PC.
It was only until the end of 2008 that BlackBerry jumped on the Apple bandwagon and launched BlackBerry Storm, its handset with a clickable touchscreen.
The last OS it released is BlackBerry 10, which was launched in September 2013, and three years later, in 2016, the company stopped manufacturing its own smartphones completely.
In that same year, TCL signed a deal to produce BlackBerry-branded Android phones but apparently, it already ended in August 2020.