BlackBerry, company which once dominated smart mobile devices, recently announced that it is finally phasing out key services that support its phones. As of today, phones will no longer have service delivery services, which means they will gradually lose the ability to join networks, including the mobile network.
It may seem hard to imagine that you weren’t using cell phones at the time, but BlackBerry once ruled the smartphone market. Its keyboard-based hardware was widely accepted in corporate settings, in part because the services it provided typically passed through BlackBerry servers, providing a high level of security and control. An indication of its importance is that early internal construction of Android it looked like a cheap BlackBerry version, not like the cheap iPhone that eventually came out.
Unlike the people who developed Android, BlackBerry’s leadership was blinded by this The popularity of the iPhone. BlackBerry discarded on-screen keyboards and counted on its share of corporate market share services. It took the company more than a year after the release of the iPhone to come out with its own own phone with touch screen, and his software remained an awkward mix of old and new for some time after that. Meanwhile, corporate users have fallen in love with their Apple and Android phones and forced IT departments to support them.
BlackBerry eventually gave up its own phones and started releasing Android versions before leaving the hardware business altogether (it now primarily provides corporate security services). The latest version of BlackBerry OS she released dates back to 2013, so the devices affected here are now extremely old. The promised period of support actually ended more than a year ago, which means that the company has already fulfilled its promises.
The effect of termination of support is described in detail on frequently asked questions page which the former device manufacturer is hosting. The key change is that BlackBerry will no longer send service updates to these devices. Security information provides details on how devices need to connect to different types of network equipment, including mobile and Wi-Fi networks. At some point in the future, network updates made by service providers will mean that BlackBerry devices can no longer connect. As a result, BlackBerry says its devices “will no longer be expected to function reliably, including data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality.”
There are several software services that have relied on to connect to BlackBerry servers to function. So if you relied on something like BlackBerry World or BlackBerry Link, they will stop working today.
The number of people who are likely to be affected by this is quite small. However, it serves as a clear sign of the end of what used to be a very important technology.
This story originally appeared on Ars Technica.
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