When it first appeared, BlackBerry became a status symbol for successful people everywhere. However, the company officially ended support for all devices that aren’t using Android on January 4, 2022.
The company first announced its decision in September 2020. The decision comes as a result of its efforts to develop and implement business and governmental security software and related services.
BlackBerry stopped producing phones in 2016 but has continued providing support for devices manufactured by companies who purchased the brand license. However, all BlackBerry devices that don’t run on Android will stop working, regardless of the manufacturer.
Classic BlackBerry phones were a must-have gadget for business people, politicians, and celebrities everywhere. At its highest, there were over 80 million active BlackBerry users in the world.
The phone was famous for its security and encrypted messaging platforms long before it was introduced by other companies. Furthermore, the revolutionary keyboard, along with the access to email and browsing made BlackBerry explode among business people who wanted to take their office with them.
Some of the most famous BlackBerry owners include the US President Barack Obama and Kim Kardashian. Still, despite the popularity, BlackBerry lost the market race with Apple and chose to focus on other tech areas, such as security and providing software solutions.