Farewell to Black Berry
Black Berry was one of the earliest mobile phone company which is used by millions of peoples, but once after the entry of Apple iPhone’s touchscreen era in 2007 it became extinct.
On Tuesday, the firm will discontinue support for its classic smartphones running BlackBerry 10, 7.1, and older operating systems. This implies that any of its older handsets that do not run Android software will no longer be able to utilise data, send text messages, connect to the internet, or make calls, including 911 calls.
While the majority of mobile users have moved on from BlackBerry (the latest update of its operating system was released in 2013), the decision to terminate support for its phones marks the end of what was once considered cutting-edge technology.
The announcement was first disclosed in September 2020 as part of BlackBerry Limited’s attempts to focus on providing security software and services to organisations and governments throughout the world.
BlackBerry (BB) has been mostly out of the phone market since 2016, although it has continued to licence its name to phone makers such as TCL and, most recently, Onward Mobility, an Austin, Texas-based security firm, for a 5G Blackberry handset running Android software. (The discontinuation of service does not affect BlackBerry’s Android smartphones.)
BlackBerry’s old-school mobile phones with physical keyboards were so popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s that they were dubbed “Crack Berries.” Professionals who sought the freedom of working outside the office with some of the tools they used on a desktop computer were drawn to the keyboard.
BlackBerry phones eventually received capabilities for email, applications, web browsing, and BBM, an encrypted text messaging network that preceded WhatsApp and persisted long after BlackBerry was eclipsed by its competitors.
However, Apple’s touchscreen revolution with the iPhone in 2007 rendered BlackBerry’s services obsolete. It experimented with touch displays and slide-out keyboard versions, but had little success. It created a few phones that lacked a physical keyboard, but they lacked BlackBerry’s fundamental differentiator: a tactile keyboard.
BlackBerry finally abandoned its own software in favour of Android, on which it layered its security tools. It was successful in business security software and automobile software.
Although TCL discontinued producing BlackBerry-branded handsets in 2020, some enthusiasts are hoping for the arrival of Onward Mobility’s BlackBerry 5G device, which was initially scheduled to ship in 2021. Despite the delay, the company’s website still displays a banner that reads “coming 2021.”
Farewell to Black Berry