BlackBerry promises at least two more years of BB10 support

There’s good news out there for anyone clinging to their

BlackBerry Classic
like a silicon security blanket:
BlackBerry has announced that it will be
supporting its BB10 operating system for at least another two
years
, giving yet another stay of execution to the
long-defunct OS.

Released way back in 2012, the BlackBerry 10 operating system
was
BlackBerry’s last great hope
for creating a modern
smartphone platform. The goal was to offer all the major apps
like Android and iOS and serve as a viable competitor to Apple
and Google’s smartphone ecosystems. BlackBerry really did try
to get BB10 to work, but
even with support for Android apps
, it ultimately gave up
in 2015 with the release of the BlackBerry Leap,
the last shipping device to run the OS before the company
switched over to Android.

BB10 was BlackBerry’s last great hope for creating a modern
smartphone platform

Unless your employer mandates it, I’m deeply puzzled about who
still uses a BB10 phone at this point. Even die-hard BlackBerry
fans who want the company’s iconic hardware keyboard have a
more modern option in the form of the
KeyOne
, which runs Android and was released this year.
BlackBerry also isn’t sure why you’re still using it; the
company announced plans for a new “trade up” program to try and
incentivize customers on older BlackBerry devices to upgrade to
a KeyOne or Motion instead. (The company’s first Android
device, the BlackBerry Priv, is
no longer receiving security updates
.)

Also, while the operating system will receive support through
the rest of the decade, BlackBerry is planning to shut down
parts of it a bit earlier. Specifically, the BlackBerry World
app store is set to close on December 31st, 2019, the
BlackBerry Travel site will shutter in February 2018, and the
Playbook video calling service will shut down in March 2018.

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