There was a time when the Blackberry (BB) devices ruled. The craze for the BB smartphone ran across Africa. Nigeria was agog for the blackberry. In fact, having to ping on Blackberry messenger became a class thing. Unfortunately, Blackberry devices have shutdown. They lost their appeal as they could match the competition from the likes of Apple’s iPhone and Android devices which provided wider displays, better image quality, a larger array of apps.
The business stopped manufacturing its own phones in 2016 and hasn’t updated its proprietary Blackberry Operating system since 2013. Against the backdrop of all this, the firm continues to put out an occasional Android handset in partnership with Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL.
With a new business model for the smartphone market, BlackBerry shut off its older phones this week. BlackBerry announced that it has stopped support for smartphones running BlackBerry 10, 7.1 OS, PlayBook OS 2.1, or older on Tuesday, the 4th of January.
Wha t’s the Implication of Blackberry OS Shutdown
Owners of Blackberry handsets will be unable to make or receive calls, send messages, use wi-fi, or access mobile data as a result of the development. This also affects BlackBerry 7.1 OS and earlier smartphones, the BlackBerry 10 operating system, and the tablet-based BlackBerry PlayBook OS.
While older BlackBerry devices such as the Q10 may only serve as a backup for contact numbers as they cease to operate, only the 2016 Blackberry-branded phones built under licence by TCL will continue to function since they use the Android operating system.
In addition to the decline in the number of BlackBerry users over time, support and functionality have declined. While support for several apps, such as the BBC iPlayer and WhatsApp, has been removed from BlackBerry OS smartphones, YouTube has recently ceased operating on the device, as have some other apps.