Pour one out for the BlackBerry, the former king of mobile. The company has announced that effective January 4, classic devices running BlackBerry OS 7.1 or earlier, as well as OS 10, will lose key services. And by key, we mean absolutely critical capabilities, such as phone calls, texts, data, and even 9-1-1 emergency help. You can also expect problems with Wi-Fi and apps like BlackBerry World and Desktop Manager, Liliputing reports. January 4 also marks the end of the PlayBook, the company’s ill-fated tablet.
All this, of course, comes as no surprise. BlackBerry closed its app store and its popular Messenger (BBM) service in 2019. There really was no going back. As you remember, the company was way too late to respond to the iPhone threat and failed to achieve much success by adopting Android. At least it still has QNX, BlackBerry’s modern operating system that powers infotainment systems from Toyota, Audi, Honda and a host of other popular automakers.
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