[REVIEW] : Blackberry OS: support for basic OS functions will end in 2022

Blackberry is no longer a telephone company: since 2017, the company, once a major player in the smartphone market, is reorienting itself on an activity mainly based on software publishing and will no longer be responsible for ensuring the support of devices running on the old versions of its OS. As of January 4, 2022, devices running Blackberry OS will no longer be able to use the basic functionality of the system, namely the ability to make phone calls, send text messages or call emergency numbers.

To be more precise, end of support means that the Blackberry company will stop sending support updates to Blackberry devices that are still in service on that date, which means that the latter could lose various functionalities of the device in the coming months. connection to mobile networks. The company specifies in a notice that support for wifi and mobile networks could also be disrupted in the future, and that several default applications developed by its services could offer limited functionality as of this date. The same treatment will be reserved for devices running on Playbook OS, the operating system for tablets developed by Blackberry.

Blackberry is getting rid of the infrastructure associated with its activity in mobile telephony here, and the various services associated with this service (in particular e-mails hosted directly by Blackberry) will no longer function from that date. The devices will continue to work but will have limited functionality, which will not be guaranteed to work in the future.

The company has posted an FAQ to answer users’ questions, including a list of affected services as well as tools and processes to retrieve data stored on the device or on different services. Blackberry specifies that certain services independent of the telephones will continue to function, like its BBM messaging solution.

Blackberry began its transition to software publishing and cybersecurity business from 2017, when the company stopped making its own phones. Blackberry commercialization continued through licensing agreements with third-party companies, but Blackberry bowed to Apple and Android, which today dominate the smartphone market.

Be careful, your BlackBerry may soon stop working

Be careful if you still have a BlackBerry phone. On January 4, you will no longer be able to use it, reports BFMTV. At least, it’s going to stop working little by little. This concerns all models that worked with the brand’s operating system. All those that were designed on Android are not affected for the moment. BlackBerry is putting an end to software support, and all phones developed for twelve years between 2011 and 2013 will no longer receive updates. However, they are essential to its functioning. The following are affected: models running OS BB10, BB 7.1 and PlayBook OS 2.1.

The telephones will therefore not stop overnight, but little by little, the functionalities will cease, whether it is for making calls, connecting to the Internet or sending messages, specifies BFMTV. Applications specific to the telephone such as BlackBerry World, BlackBerry Protect or BlackBerry Messenger will lose most of their functionality. Those under Android, marketed under BlackBerry Priv, will still function normally.

20% of sales in 2009

Star of the 2000s, the BlackBerry, sold most often through the “Curve” or “Bold” models, had seen its production stopped in February 2020. The Canadian group and the Chinese TCL which had bought the license, had decided to put end of its production. But a few months later, it was announced that he would be back, still with a physical keyboard and with a “high-end” camera.

At the time, TechRadar indicated that Foxconn could enter the market where TCL had failed. But nothing has filtered since. According to BFMTV, in 2009, BlackBerry sales had reached 20% of the market, far ahead of the iPhone which was still in its infancy. Frandroid also recalls that the phone’s own messaging system had undoubtedly led to its loss, at a time when WhatsApp and Messenger were growing.

These BlackBerry phones will stop working

BlackBerry bows out. The legendary physical keypad phones of the 2000s will stop working on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the brand announced on its site. It will no longer be possible to make calls, send text messages or access the Internet.

7.1 OS, BlackBerry 10 Software, or BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and all earlier versions will lose access to many services. In its press release, the brand explains that “services through cellular networks or Wi-Fi connections will no longer work reliably”. Only devices equipped with the Android operating system will remain, in reality, operational to access the cellular network or connect to Wifi.

It’s the end of a long tumble. The BlackBerry Bold and Curve, emblematic models of the brand which popularized instant messaging, BBM, from 2005, have won over millions of users thanks to their integral keyboard.

In 2009, the brand won the day, with 20% of the mobile phone market share. Far ahead of its competitor Apple and its iPhone, still in its infancy. But in 2016, BlackBerry suffered the blow, with 0% market share, overwhelmed by the success of its competitors.

Despite an attempt to relaunch, in particular by installing the Android operating system on its models, this time manufactured by TCL, the BlackBerry does not convince. The brand stops manufacturing them in 2020. However, this latest generation of phone, with other software, will remain operational after this deadline of January 4, 2022.

Why are BlackBerrys going to stop working soon?

As of Tuesday, January 4, 2022, the BlackBerry smartphones which run under its own operating system, sold between 2001 and 2013, will no longer receive updates essential to their operation, according to our colleagues from BFMTV.

According to the official BlackBerry website, the brand speaks of “end of life” since over time these smartphones will no longer be able to pass calls, send SMS or even connect to the internet.

Among the most emblematic models of the brand are the BlackBerry Curve ou Bold. They were the ones who popularized the instant messaging with BlackBerry Messenger in 2005, but which finally disappeared in 2019 in the face of competition from WhatsApp and Messenger.

Subsequently, models running on Android and manufactured by TCL have been launched. Without much success, they disappeared in 2020. these devices are still functional and are not affected by the changes of January 4.

Older BlackBerrys will stop working on January 4, 2022

All the brand’s smartphones running BlackBerry OS will be out of service as of January 4, 2022. Android models are not affected.

2022 will officially sign the death warrant for hundreds of thousands of BlackBerrys. The Canadian brand, whose smartphones equipped with physical keyboards snapped up among a professional audience at the end of the 2000s, has just recalled that all of the services associated with its devices running on BlackBerry OS operating systems 7.1 and lower, BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.1 and lower, will be officially inaccessible as of January 4, 2022.

Consequently, all devices running under these OS will turn into a doorstop (or clipboard, as desired): whether they are connected via Wi-Fi or via a connection to the mobile network, they can no longer be used. neither to call, nor to send SMS, nor even to initiate calls to emergency numbers.

The official end of support for these devices is hardly surprising. BB 10, the most recent version of the brand’s OS, was released in… 2013.

In the meantime, if you are concerned with the discontinuation of support for these devices and absolutely want to keep a smartphone with a physical keyboard, you can always turn to one of the Android models that BlackBerry released during the course. recent years, such as the BlackBerry KEYone or the BlackBerry Key2 LE, devices manufactured and sold under license by the Chinese TCL, which are also set to disappear, the manufacturer not having renewed the license signed with the Canadian company.