Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Sep 2016 22:07 UTC, submitted by FlyingJester
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Our new Mobility Solutions strategy is showing signs of momentum, including our first major device software licensing agreement with a telecom joint venture in Indonesia. Under this strategy, we are focusing on software development, including security and applications. The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital.

End of an era, but not exactly unexpected. This leaves the Priv as the only - ad probably last - modern keyboard smartphone, which is really, really too bad.

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And again
by Moochman on Thu 29th Sep 2016 16:11 UTC
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So I guess this makes my Priv something of a collector's item: last ever phone with a physical keyboard. Thank God it's a high end phone and it will likely last me another four years at least. I can live with Marshmallow if need be and who knows, maybe they'll update it to Nougat after all, it's not like they have a lot of other Android phones to support... ;)

Somehow, partially by virtue of being a physical keyboard aficionado, I always end up with these collector's items. Sony Ericsson P1i, Palm Pre 2, Motorola Pro+.. But the Priv is by far the nicest and most future proof so far. ;) I still highly recommend it, especially since the price will probably drop now.

Edited 2016-09-29 16:28 UTC

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RE: And again
by leech on Thu 29th Sep 2016 16:40 in reply to "And again"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

Samsung sells a hardware keyboard that'll attach to the Note 7. I think they have one for the S7 as well. Been thinking about ordering one.

BB10 really was awesome, and they now have the blackberry hub in the android store. Unfortunately you have to pay for their subscription and screw that I have enough subscriptions and it doesn't work as well as it did in BB10 anyhow. Too bad, I really dislike Google and Apple, but Google is currently the lesser of two evils...

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RE: And again
by Leszek Lesner on Thu 29th Sep 2016 21:00 in reply to "And again"
Leszek Lesner Member since:
2007-04-08

John Chen said there are still phones (at least one) coming with a keyboard.
See http://crackberry.com/john-chen-blackberry-keyboard-will-live

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RE[2]: And again
by Moochman on Fri 30th Sep 2016 07:16 in reply to "RE: And again"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

I'll believe it when I see it. I was actually hoping for them to release the codename "Mercury" phone and thinking of swapping for it as it's got a more compact candybar form factor than the Priv. But we'll see... at the beginning of the year the rumors were for it to be released in Q3 2016, now the rumors say Q1 2017, who knows when/if it will actually materialize.

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