BlackBerry, it seems, is slowly drifting into oblivion. Long after eschewing the BlackBerry OS and jumping on the Android bandwagon, the company now appears to be ending its Android business as well. As CrackBerry forum member John Albert discovered and reported by Liliputing, some of the major Android apps that still made BlackBerry smartphones special and different from others would reach end of life by August 31, 2022.
The BlackBerry Software Support Lifecycle website mentions these applications as follows:
- Password Keeper
- DTEK Security App
- shade of privacy
Reaching end of life means that said apps will no longer be supported by BlackBerry and no new updates will be available. However, these applications may still be present in the PlayStore but probably have no value as such, especially since these applications are only applicable on BlackBerry smartphones and there is no new hardware coming from the company.
OnwardMobility, a US-based company that currently owns the BlackBerry brand, has been promising a new 5G-capable BlackBerry phone with a physical keyboard for some time now, but what’s clear is that it won’t be able to cope. to the applications mentioned above. As such, he will have to come up with his own alternatives if he wants his device to have the same levels of security and privacy that BlackBerry phones have always been known for.
This all stems from the fact that BlackBerry announced earlier that it was disconnecting legacy services that allowed phones running the BlackBerry operating system to perform some of the most basic tasks. This included making phone calls, sending or receiving text messages, etc. Add to that the end of life that the company’s Android apps are about to reach and it all probably signals the end of what we’ve learned about BlackBerry so far.
Now, any company – ready for OnwardMobility – wanting to push the BlackBerry brand forward will have to reinvent itself not just with the hardware, but also on the all-important software front. Only this can carry the BlackBerry legacy forward, otherwise it will just be a smartphone with a physical keyboard.
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