BlackBerry 10 is the Canadian company’s latest platform when it comes to smartphones, but unfortunately it isn’t doing as well as the company would like. However at the same time there are still plenty of users left on BlackBerry 7 devices, whom presumably BlackBerry would love for them to upgrade to OS 10. Well the good news is that if you have no immediate plans on upgrading to OS 10, BlackBerry’s Managing Director of India, Sunil Lalwani, has confirmed that the company will be maintaining support for OS 7 until December of 2015. According Lalwani, after that date, “Then we will discontinue sales of older BB devices, and provide exchange offers and upgrade offers for existing BB 7 users, to move to BB 10 platform.”
Lalwani has also confirmed that BlacKBerry will cease focus on the lower-end market has no plans to re-enter the tablet space at the moment. The last time BlackBerry entered the tablet space was with the BlackBerry Playbook, which was a good attempt but lack of native software found on BlackBerry phones left a lot to be desired. There have been rumors of a Playbook successor but we have not seen anything materialize so far, and this recent confirmation should put those rumors to rest. What do you guys make of these new revelations from the company? Is this the direction that BlackBerry should be headed at?
Update – According to a BlackBerry spokesperson, “BlackBerry intends to support the BlackBerry operating system indefinitely. Any comments to the contrary are not correct.”