There was a time when BlackBerry had part of the world in its hands. However, the Canadian company went through the same thing that happened to Nokia: it rested on its laurels and thought that no other company could surpass it. Then came the iPhone and Android, and everything changed.
Since then, BlackBerry’s debacle has been almost absolute. The company is still holding its own after licensing the brand to TCL, which has released some Android-based handsets. However, the last great pillar of that mythical company, BlackBerry OS, will say goodbye to us on January 4, 2022.
BlackBery launched its first version of BlackBerry OS in 1999 for its BlackBerry 850 Pager, and would take an important step in 2002 with its BlackBerry OS 3.6 version for its first ‘smartphones’, the BlackBerry 5810 Wireless HandHeld.
That was the golden era for BlackBerry, which suddenly saw how the market could slip away. After the launch of the iPhone and the introduction of Android, BlackBerry launched BlackBerry OS 5.0 for the BlackBerry Bold 9000.
The BlackBerry Z10 was the reference terminal of that “new BlackBerry” that was trying to reinvent itself in early 2013 with its new BlackBerry 10 operating system.
That was not enough, and after several years trying to stand up to Android and iOS, BlackBerry decided to make one last effort with BlackBerry 10, an operating system that was launched in January 2013 and that tried to definitively adapt its mobiles to the new times.
Neither the operating system nor its terminals took off, and BlackBerry gradually fell as it fired its last bullets with the BlackBerry Priv until 2016, when it announced that it would stop manufacturing smartphones and license the brand to others such as TCL, which lost the rights in February 2020.
BlackBerry’s downfall has been certified not only with the gradual disappearance of terminals with that brand, but also with the farewell to BlackBerry Messenger, which occurred in May 2019.
Old BlackBerry OS devices still worked, but will soon no longer do so.
Even so those who still had one of the firm’s BlackBerry OS-based devices could still use them in a limited way because basic services were still provided by the firm.
Now BlackBerry officials have announced that come January 4, 2022, products based on BlackBerry 10 or BlackBerry 7.1 OS or lower will no longer have support for calling, SMS or emergency calls.
In addition, they indicate that mobile data and WiFi could also malfunction, while core OS apps such as BlackBerry Link, BlackBerry Desktop Manager, BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect, BlackBerry Messenger, and BlackBerry Blend will have “limited functionality.”
BlackBerry offers a number of tips on how to migrate data from these devices to avoid losing it. This marks the end of a platform that certainly had its golden age but has been disappearing for years.