Pour one to BlackBerry, the old master of mobile phones. The company has announced that as of January 4, high-end devices running the BlackBerry OS 7.1 or earlier, as well as OS 10, will lose major functions. And the key, we mean the most important possibilities, such as phone calls, texting, information and 9-1-1 emergency access. You can also expect to have problems with Wi-Fi and apps like BlackBerry World and Desktop manager, Liliputing reports. January 4 will also mark the end of the Playbook, the company’s worst tablet.
Of course, none of this is surprising. BlackBerry closed its app store with its popular Messenger (BBM) service in 2019. There was no real return from there. As you may recall, the company was too late to respond to the iPhone threat, and failed to recover properly based on Android. At least it still has QNX, a modern BlackBerry machine that supports infotainment systems from Toyota, Audi, Honda, and many other popular manufacturers.
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