Dear friends, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of that once beloved monarch of the mobile world: BlackBerry. And yes, I realize that it is not the first time We announced the death of the company or its devices (and for reasons I’ll explain below, this probably won’t be the last), but this is a very definite end to older BlackBerry hardware.
From January 4th, all phones or tablets on which BlackBerry’s own software runs – that is, BlackBerry 7.1 or earlier, BlackBerry 10 or the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet operating system – will “no longer work reliably”. says the company. Whether over Wi-Fi or cellular, there is no guarantee that you will be able to make calls, send text messages, use data, connect to SMS, or even call 9-1-1. That sounds pretty dead to us.
If, for some inexplicable reason, you or someone you love is still using an original BlackBerry, we recommend that you grab it for your New Year’s resolution and gently but firmly take it out of their hands. As of January 4th, it will be little more than a paperweight. (Although BlackBerry devices with Android continue to function normally.)
However, as we mentioned earlier, this may not be the last BlackBerry death we are to announce. The company has seen a slow and excruciating decline since its dominant era in the late 2000s when its QWERTY keyboards and reputation for security gave it a 50 percent market share in the United States, but such a famous brand is suffering from its last Scum wrestle of value. (Their parent company, BlackBerry Limited, has moved on to Sale of cybersecurity software.)
blackberry tried to restart itself 2013 with a new operating system, BlackBerry 10 (which had failed) and 2015 switched to Establish Android devices (which also failed). Then, in 2016, it started licensing its brand Third party manufacturer like TCL. So the name BlackBerry still lingers, and in 2020 a Texan company called OnwardMobility announced it would make a 5G Android powered BlackBerry device with a full QWERTY keyboard will be released in 2021.
Well, the clock is ticking pretty much there (OnwardMobility hasn’t posted any news or updates on its website since January 2021) but whether that particular effort lives or dies it will at least give us a chance to rally together for another funeral. We really need to get together for some time in more benign circumstances. How are your aunt and uncle anyway?