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It’s time to say goodbye to BlackBerry, this time for real. The smartphone maker has announced that support for the flagship BlackBerry OS will expire on January 4, 2022. As a result, the company will no longer provide important services for its current devices.
BlackBerry was one of the most successful smartphone brands before the premium phone industry rose to prominence. It would stop supporting BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions.
From January 4, smartphones will be deprived of provisioning services. This means that they will not be able to perform several activities such as WiFi connections, data, phone calls, text messages, and 9-1-1 calls.
“We thank our many loyal customers and partners over the years,” the company said in a statement.
The reign of the blackberry
The smartphone, which ruled the IT market years ago, featured a sleek, keyboard-centric design. Additionally, it was of great appeal to business executives and professionals who relied on BlackBerry services to keep their information private and anonymous.
The smartphone OS is coming to an end. But the BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and BlackBerry Blend apps will have limited functionality, according to the company.
BBM Enterprise and BBM Enterprise for Individual Use (BBMe) will continue to be available on other platforms.
According to recent shutdowns and modifications, BlackBerry could be on the verge of extinction. The company has already faced a gradual market downturn.
BlackBerry attempted to restart itself with a new operating system in 2013, but it failed. Then the company tried to migrate to Android smartphones in 2015. But that also failed.
BlackBerry said in its latest release that changes to its 7.1 operating system and older programs, as well as service changes, will have no effect on customers’ ability to access their Password Keeper data, which are stored locally.
“If you want to switch to another password manager app or BlackBerry Password Keeper for Android, you’ll have to manually create new entries on your new smartphone,” the company added.
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