Will BlackBerry go out of business in August?
BlackBerry – a successful phone brand especially among businessmen – will cease to be produced by TCL. The Canadian company does not provide specifics, but apparently it has signed license agreements with other companies.
In 2016, BlackBerry signed a contract with the Chinese electronics producer TCL Company regarding the production of smartphones based on a license granted by Canadian enterprise. The contract expires at the end of August this year. Both companies have announced that they will not continue. Telephones of this brand, manufactured by TCL, will have technical support for two years.
We'd like to thank TCL Communication @BBMobile and their team for a successful partnership over the past few years. Together we produced great things. Many thanks and appreciation to our BlackBerry community for your continued support. https://t.co/fn2iM3bvzR
– BlackBerry (@BlackBerry) February 3, 2020
Currently, the Canadian company focuses on software and cybersecurity, especially those related to IoT. Since TCL is losing its licensee rights since August 31, it is not known whether as part of two-year technical support will be provided software updates, including Android. Until TCL took over production, the phones used their own BlackBerry OS. Signing the contract with the Chinese giant resulted in a change to Android.
Will BlackBerry be back?
The last model of this brand, i.e. Key2 LE appeared on the market two years ago. At a time of ever-increasing flagship and exclusive touch smartphones, the keyboard may have seemed archaic, but the company did not give it up. Strong competition from manufacturers such as Samsung and Huawei, however, caused that BlackBerry sold worse and worse. TCL, dealing with two brands, namely BlackBerry and Alcatel, has only 1 percent. market share.
The board of the Canadian company does not want to reveal its plans for the future. But as suggested by TechCrunch, the company has already signed license agreements in several countries, including Indonesia. | allthingsblogging.com