Several years have passed since BlackBerry launched a phone with its own software. The BlackBerry Leap which arrived in 2015 was the last phone running BlackBerry OS. But if you’re one of the few people in the world still clinging to those once-beloved phones, now is the time to finally put them in the ground and step up to a new platform. From January 4, tomorrow, BlackBerry will end support for its in-house software for smartphones and tablets.
After this date, any device running BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10, or BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier will no longer “work reliably”. In other words, devices will lose all key functionality. You won’t be able to use phones or tablets with BlackBerry OS to make calls, send texts, browse the internet, or even dial 9-1-1. This is regardless of whether you are on Wi-Fi or on a cellular connection.
Like a PhoneArena report Remarks, it will also affect the functionality of some proprietary apps. These include BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger, and BlackBerry Blend. BlackBerry hosted email addresses are also affected. Users of this service will therefore now have to switch to another email provider.
BlackBerry OS will lose support on January 4
BlackBerry was one of the most dominant forces in the mobile device space in the late 2000s. But it’s been a downward spiral for the company since hitting that peak over a decade ago. . The emergence of iOS and Android with new features and functionality means BlackBerry OS has quickly fallen out of favor. The company tried to reinvent itself with a new version, BlackBerry OS 10, of its software in 2013. But that didn’t help.
After releasing a handful of devices with BlackBerry OS 10 in a few years, the company switched to Android in 2015. Unfortunately, it was too late and BlackBerry was never able to recoup what it had lost. Since 2016, BlackBerry has been licensing its brand to third-party manufacturers. TCL made BlackBerry-branded phones for a few years before Texas-based startup OnwardMobility picked up the license in 2020. The latter was supposed to launch a 5G-enabled Blackberry smartphone running Android in 2021, but we haven’t seen it.
While waiting for more news on this subject, BlackBerry has now put the final nail in the coffin of its internal devices. The company provided an FAQ how to transfer data from your blackberry phone to other platforms.