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The BlackBerry 5G phone is dead: OnwardMobility confirms its shutting down

A few years after OnwardMobility announced plans to bring a BlackBerry-branded smartphone with a physical keyboard and 5G support to market, it looks like that plan is dead… along with OnwardMobility itself. The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise. CrackBerry and Android Police both reported earlier this month that OnwardMobility had lost the license […]

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BlackBerry is selling mobile devices, messaging, and wireless patents for $600 million

BlackBerry has been pretty much out of the smartphone business for years, but 2022 is starting to look like the year when the company puts a few more nails in the coffin. After shutting down some key services used by BlackBerry OS phones earlier this month and announcing that some of its Android apps would […]

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Lilbits: NVIDIA’s ARM acquisition may not happen, plus Samsung Galaxy S22, Motorola Frontier 22, and Google Pixel Notepad leaks

It’s been more than a year since NVIDIA announced plans to buy chip designer Arm from Softbank. Since then the deal has been heavily scrutinized by antitrust regulators from across the globe and it’s looking increasingly likely that the company will be forced to abandon the acquisition. Now Bloomberg’s sources report that NVIDIA is prepared […]

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BlackBerry’s Android apps will reach end of life this summer

BlackBerry recently announced it was shutting down the legacy services that allowed phones running BlackBerry OS to make calls, send and receive text messages, and more. But that shutdown would only affect older phones running BlackBerry’s operating systems and not newer BlackBerry-branded phones running Android. But the company has been slowly pulling the plug on […]

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Lilbits: More Intel NUC systems coming in 2022… and a new BlackBerry phone too?

This week the world mourned the death of classic BlackBerry phones… after first realizing that they weren’t already (entirely) dead. BlackBerry stopped making phones running BlackBerry OS software years ago, and has been phasing out support for the devices ever since. But the company announced it was pulling the plug on legacy services used by […]

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BlackBerry users are waking up to find that their phones still work… for now

BlackBerry is a name that was synonymous with smartphones in the years before the iPhone first launched and touchscreen-only devices powered by Android and iOS came to dominate. But BlackBerry stopped developing its own mobile operating system in 2015 and stopped making phones altogether not longer after. The company eventually announced it would be pulling […]

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BlackBerry OS devices may stop working on January 4, 2022

BlackBerry stopped shipping phones and tablets with its own software years ago, switching to Android in 2015 before shifting from a hardware company to a software company and outsourcing design of BlackBerry-branded phones to other companies. But if you’ve been hanging onto an older BlackBerry phone running BlackBerry OS, you’ve been able to continue using […]

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A new BlackBerry 5G phone with a keyboard coming in 2021 (sort of)

BlackBerry gave up producing its own smartphones a few years ago, and instead began working on partnerships with third-party companies to manufacture and sell phones under the BlackBerry name that come with BlackBerry apps and services installed. Earlier this year BlackBerry’s biggest partner pulled the plug, which means we won’t be seeing any more TCL-made […]

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TCL pulls the plug on BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry hasn’t actually made any smartphones in years. The BlackBerry KeyOne and Key2? Those were both made by TCL. Now BlackBerry has announced its partnership with TCL is ending.  That means that after August 31st, 2020 there probably won’t be any new BlackBerry-branded smartphones unless the company can find another hardware partner. While BlackBerry was an […]