Blackberry, one of the most popular smartphone brands of the time before the premium phone segment came into fashion, will end support for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier, BlackBerry software 10, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier 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, texts and 9-1 functionality. 1.
“We thank our many loyal customers and partners over the years,” the company said in a statement.
The smartphone, which dominated the tech industry years ago, offered a slick, keyboard-centric design and was a major hit among business executives and professionals who relied on BlackBerry services that offer a high degree of confidentiality and anonymity.
“ Back to recommendation stories
As the smartphone operating system comes to an end, the company said 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 shutdowns and changes, this could very well be the end of BlackBerry. In the past, the company experienced a slow market decline.
In 2013, BlackBerry tried to reboot itself with a new OS, which failed, and then the company tried to change it in 2015 to make Android devices. But that also failed.
In the latest announcement, BlackBerry said its operating system 7.1 and earlier apps and service changes won’t affect users’ ability to access their Password Keeper data because it’s stored locally.
“If you’re looking 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,” the company added.