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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RE: Z10
by halvor on Mon 18th Dec 2017 08:03 UTC 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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