Pour one for the BlackBerry, the former king of mobile. The company announced that starting January 4, classic devices running BlackBerry OS 7.1 or earlier, as well as OS 10, will lose key services. And by key, we mean absolutely critical capabilities, like phone calls, texts, data, and even emergency 9-1-1 access. You can also expect to have problems with Wi-Fi and apps like BlackBerry World and Desktop Manager, liliputant reports. January 4 will also mark the end of the PlayBook, the company’s ill-fated tablet.
Of course, none of this comes as a surprise. BlackBerry closed its app store and popular Messenger (BBM) service in 2019. There really was no feedback on that. If you remember, the company came too late to respond to the iPhone threat and failed to find much success adopting Android. At least it still has QNX, the modern operating system from BlackBerry that powers the infotainment systems of Toyota, Audi, Honda, and many other popular automakers.
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