It has been over two years since BlackBerry shipped a handset running its own operating system. The last BB10 OS-powered handset was released in 2015. The company has since been making Android-powered devices and it won’t be going back to its own OS again. Those who still own a BB10 OS device would be interested in finding out that BlackBerry has decided to shut down the BlackBerry World app store in December 2019.
BlackBerry has confirmed, though, that it will continue to provide software support for BB10 and BBOS devices for at least another two years.
Some ancillary services will be shut down in the meantime. The BlackBerry Travel site will bite the dust in February next year while the Playbook video calling service will be shut down in March 2018.
The BlackBerry World app store is going to be shut down on December 31st, 2019. This means that when 2020 comes around, those who own a BB10 or BBOS handset will have no official way of installing an app on their handsets.
BlackBerry is calling on the holdouts to upgrade to a new Android-powered device from BlackBerry Mobile. These include the BlackBerry Motion and the BlackBerry KeyOne.
The company has said that it’s working with BlackBerry Mobile to offer holdouts a trade-up program that will provide them with a “significant discount” to get them to upgrade their current BlackBerry device to a new Android-powered one.