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.
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!