BlackBerry smartphones could soon disappear from the market, as the manufacturer of the devices said it would stop selling the phones this year. Back in 2016, BlackBerry ceased production of its own smartphones and manufacturing was taken over by TCL Communication.
Since then, the electronics company produced BlackBerry’s KEY Series smartphones, which included devices such as the KEYone, KEY2, and KEY2 LE. TCL Communication has now announced that it will stop selling BlackBerry smartphones on 31 August 2020.
“TCL Communication has no further rights to design, manufacture, or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices,”
Current BlackBerry owners will still be provided with customer and warranty service for a further two years, the company stated.
The demise of BlackBerry smartphones is not the end of BlackBerry, however. Despite being unable to compete with major smartphone brands, BlackBerry devices are renowned for their solid enterprise-level security features.
The company has subsequently shifted its main business to software which caters to cybersecurity and IoT-connected devices.