The competition in the smartphone field is fierce. Those companies that don’t come up with many innovations that make users’ lives easier are gradually yielding 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 there has been no business-class smartphone maker that could equal this brand. But everything began worsening for this brand long ago. It stopped launching mobile phones and tablets using its own system many years ago. In 2015, BlackBerry switched to Android. But even this decision didn’t save the situation. In effect, it switched from a hardware company to a software company. In other words, it began outsourcing the design of BlackBerry-branded phones to other companies.
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If you still have an old BlackBerry phone running BlackBerry OS, you could use it as a backup machine. The situation will change next week because BlackBerry has announced that it will end support for the legacy services of BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry PlayBook OS next week. According to the company, many commonly used functions will stop working.
BlackBerry announced that after January 4, 2022, it will no longer provide old services for BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier versions, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1, and earlier versions. Those models that are connected via operators or Wi-Fi Traditional services and software will no longer operate reliably. This includes data surfing, phone calls, text messages, and 911 emergency calls.
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BlackBerry Ends Support For Its Smartphones
BlackBerry said that Wi-Fi and mobile data may also become unreliable. Moreover, applications including BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger, and BlackBerry Blend “will also have limited functionality.”
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer will also reach the end of life. This simply means that this tablet computer will be severely restricted from January 4. The fact that BlackBerry discontinued production a year after launching the tablet indicates that there may not have been so many PlayBook users since the beginning. This number will certainly be even less in the past ten years.
As a reminder, BlackBerry OS is a dedicated operating system developed by Research In Motion for its smartphone product BlackBerry. This operating system has multitasking capabilities and supports specific input devices such as scroll wheels, trackballs, touchpads, and touch screens.