Competition in the field of smartphones is fierce. Companies that do not offer many innovations that make life easier for users are gradually giving up their positions. BlackBerry, LG, Meizu,… We can talk about these brands with regret but we have what we have. Probably, BlackBerry brought the most disappointments. We mean that there has been no business class smartphone maker that could match this brand. But things started to get worse for this brand a long time ago. It stopped launching cell phones and tablets using its own system many years ago. In 2015, BlackBerry switched to Android. But even that decision did not save the day. Indeed, it has gone from a hardware company to a software company. In other words, it started to outsource the design of BlackBerry branded phones to other companies.
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If you still have an older BlackBerry phone running BlackBerry OS, you can use it as a backup machine. The situation will change next week because BlackBerry announced that it will end support for legacy BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry PlayBook OS services next week. According to the company, many commonly used functions will stop working.
BlackBerry has announced that after January 4, 2022, it will no longer provide legacy services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions. Models connected through traditional Wi-Fi carriers or software and services will no longer perform reliably. This includes data browsing, phone calls, text messages, and 911 emergency calls.
BlackBerry ends support for its smartphones
BlackBerry said Wi-Fi and mobile data could also become unreliable. In addition, applications such as BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Blend “will also have limited functionality”.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will also be reaching the end of its life. It just means that this tablet computer will be severely restricted from January 4th. The fact that BlackBerry stopped production a year after the tablet launched indicates that there may not have been so many PlayBook users since the start. This number will certainly be even less over the past ten years.
As a reminder, BlackBerry OS is a dedicated operating system developed by Research In Motion for its BlackBerry smartphone product. This operating system has multitasking capabilities and supports specific input devices such as scroll wheels, trackballs, touchpads, and touch screens.