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