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BlackBerry has announced that many of its classic devices that run BlackBerry software will lose access to key functions in early 2022, which means the end of old hardware.
The company gave the end of life of functions such as calls, SMS and data on classic BlackBerry devices – like those with BlackBerry OS 7.1 or earlier or OS 10 – will be available as good as dead on January 4, 2022.
However, BlackBerry branded smartphones running Android will continue to function normally. End-of-life only applies to the company’s legacy hardware.
This is not the first time BlackBerry devices have been pronounced dead. As early as February 2020, the last major manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones and tablets announced that it stop producing the cult brand. In 2019, BlackBerry discontinued its App Store and messaging service.
The BlackBerry brand lives on through third-party licensing. However, it remains to be seen whether the devices will make a comeback.
In 2020, a Texan company called OnwardMobility announced that it would be launching a new 5G Android smartphone with BlackBerry branding in 2021. This device has yet to be released by December 31, 2021.
BlackBerry’s parent company, BlackBerry Limited, has also turned to other ventures. The company currently sells cybersecurity software and other solutions to corporate and government customers.