The legendary operating system made by BlackBerry will soon stop operating on January 4, 2022, after seven years ago had moved to Android.
This means that support for the BlackBerry OS will end in a matter of days.
In 2016, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced the transition to a software company was complete.
“We have made great strides in executing our business strategy and today, we are focused on providing intelligent security software and services to companies and governments around the world,” said John Chen at the time.
Quoted from the FAQ page on the BlackBerry official website, BlackBerry 7.1 OS services and later versions, BlackBerry 10 software, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and earlier versions, will no longer be available after January 4, 2022.
All features including data functions, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 emergency calls will no longer be available in the future.
Apart from BlackBerry OS, other discontinued services include Enhanced Sim Based Licensing (ESBL) / Identity Based Licensing (IBL), BlackBerry hosted email addresses, BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry Blend, and BlackBerry Protect.
Especially for BlackBerry Protect, the only service that is discontinued is related to BBOS and BlackBerry OS. But it has no impact on the new BlackBerry Protect service which is an AI-based endpoint security solution.
BlackBerry argues that they are now focused on providing intelligent security software and services to corporations and governments around the world. Now they have completely turned into a software and cybersecurity company.