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End of an era for BlackBerry, as the handset manufacture, will no longer develop its own operating system
Ontario-based iconic Handset manufacturing company BlackBerry Ltd., which started to manufacture signature handsets in a recent press meet, has stated that it will no longer manufacture in-house software for handsets. It will no longer support its original operating system and services from January 4. This will mark an end of an era for the most renowned and storied device, which catapulted work in the mobile era.
BlackBerry device was once the go-to mobile device for both professionals who keep up with email, and younger generations to whom messaging was the proprietary platform. The company lost its significant appeal once other mobile brands like the iPhone and other slew of Android devices with more extensive displays, improved graphics, and broader app offerings hit the market recently.
The Canada-based company halted smartphone manufacturing in 2016. It shifted its focus on software-only business by licensing its brand and services to TCL Communication Technology Holdings Ltd., whose support it continued to release devices, but this deal ran out in 2020. Later on, the TCL devices were powered by Alphabet Inc.'s Android OS.