It looks like the end is not here yet for BlackBerry’s BB10 operating system. The company announced that it will continue to support BB10 devices for at least another two years.
First introduced in 2012, BB10 was BlackBerry’s attempt to keep up with iOS and Android (and even Windows Phone at the time). The effort turned out to be too little, too late, but we did get some awesome devices from it like the oddball Passport. Those diehard BlackBerry fans who continue to stick it out with the older devices can rest easy knowing their devices will still get updates for two more years.
BlackBerry stopped making BB10 devices a few years ago and instead opted to make Android devices instead.
Which is ironic, because BlackBerry already stopped supporting newer Android-powered devices like the Priv. The Priv failed to get Android 7.0 Nougat earlier this year, followed by news that BlackBerry would stop pushing out security updates. Luckily, BB10 devices aren’t suffering the same fate for the time being.
Even with the good news, the end of BB10 is near. BlackBerry has already announced plans to shut down the BlackBerry World app store on December 31, 2019. That will be followed by the end of support for the operating system.