Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:30 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

While we are pleased to announce continuing support for BB10 and BBOS users for at least another two years, current device owners should be aware that we will be closing some ancillary services such as the BlackBerry World app store (12/31/2019), the BlackBerry Travel site (February 2018), and the Playbook video calling service (March 2018). Customers who upgrade to a new KeyOne or Motion won't miss a beat as they'll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard.

The platform was clearly winding down for a number of years now, ever since BlackBerry moved to Android, but it's still yet another casualty on the road towards the iOS-Android duopoly. I know a surprising number of people here on OSNews absolutely adored their BB10 devices, and I'm sad I never managed to purchase a Passport, the most enticing BB10 device to me.

I'm still keeping an eye out for an affordable used Passport, because I definitely want to write about BB10 in more detail in the near future.

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by earksiinni on Sun 17th Dec 2017 20:26 UTC
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I remember getting the Z10, one of the first BB10 devices that came out. Everyone made fun of me for dropping $500 on a Blackberry, but the device and the OS were shockingly good, better than iOS or Android in my personal opinion. The apps, of course, were a disaster and eventually forced me to move on, but I still miss that phone.

End of an era!

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RE: Z10
by halvor on Mon 18th Dec 2017 08:03 in reply to "Z10"
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Same here. Nobody understood why I bought a Z10. I was just curious about how BB10 performs (knowing that there's QNX underneath). I am now using an iPhone, because I do need easy access to certain things (like Spotify, without a hack). But honestly, if there were software...BB10 was seriously a mobile OS you could love. It looked and performed nice, it was alternative in many ways but still not too alien for anyone coming from any platform. My Z10 now serves my mother (she's soon turning 60) and she, while not being to technical, managed to use it properly from the very beginning.

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RE: Z10
by CaptainN- on Mon 18th Dec 2017 17:42 in reply to "Z10"
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I absolutely loved my Playbook - I used it more than my iPad at the time. It's really a shame they couldn't make that work. Damn good platform.

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RE[2]: Z10 (Playbook)
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 19th Dec 2017 17:39 in reply to "RE: Z10"
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It seems that some people are still actively using their Playbook:

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Unfortunately, the Playbook also depends on the BlackBerry World app store for its apps and this service is said to end on 12/31/2019. So, essentially two more years of useful life for all Playbooks still out there.

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