Blackberry, one of the most popular smartphone brands back in the days before the premium phone segment became a rage, will end support for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 as well as previous versions.
From January 4, smartphones will be without provisioning services, which means that devices will not be able to work with several functions such as WiFi connections, data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality. .
âWe thank our many loyal customers and partners over the years,â the company said in a statement.
The smartphone, which dominated the tech industry years ago, offered fluent keyboard-centric designs and was a major hit among business executives and professionals who relied on BlackBerry services offering a high degree of confidentiality and anonymity.
As the smartphone operating system comes to an end, the company said the apps for BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, and BlackBerry Blend will also have limited functionality.
The company also mentioned that BBM Enterprise and BBM Enterprise for Individual Use (BBMe) will continue to be available on other platforms.
Going through sudden stops and changes, it could very well be the end of BlackBerry. In the past, the company has experienced a slow decline in the market.
In 2013, BlackBerry tried to restart itself with a new operating system, which failed, then the company tried to change it in 2015 to make Android devices. But it also failed.
In the latest announcement, BlackBerry said that its 7.1 operating system and earlier applications and service changes will not affect users’ ability to access their Password Keeper data, as it is stored locally.
âIf you want to switch to another password manager app or BlackBerry Password Keeper for Android, you’ll need to manually create new entries on your new smartphone,â the company added.