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BlackBerry is finally moving on from its Classic smartphone

Engadget Engadget 5/07/2016 Brittany Vincent
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BlackBerry is embracing change in a big way, finally moving forward from its BlackBerry Classic smartphone. The writing's been on the wall for quite some time, but as of today the company has made very clear its intention to strike the phone from its portfolio and wind down operations for the "workhorse device going forward.

According to BlackBerry, the Classic has "long surpassed the average lifespan for a smartphone," noting that innovation and change is important if we're to see new and better experiences in the future. BlackBerry itself isn't the only entity around here that's chosen to forge a new path.

Just last week, news came out that the U.S. Senate is to trade in BlackBerry devices for iOS and Android phones thanks to a supposed memo where BlackBerry had let slip that all of its OS 10 devices were in fact discontinued.

The company will continue to support its BlackBerry 10 devices via software updates, however. In fact, version 10.3.3 is scheduled for release next month and there's another one coming next year. It's an interesting time for BlackBerry fans, especially those who aren't all about change.


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