The Future of BlackBerry 10 Operating system is unknown right and has been that way for quite some time. We are just not sure if BlackBerry will ditch the OS and embrace Android wholeheartedly.
BlackBerry already has two Android smartphones on the market. The first one was the BlackBerry Priv that was launched back in 2015. The second Android phone from the company was the DTEK50 that was released in July this year.
With the release of these Android phones, the question many people asked was, what is the future of BlackBerry 10 Operating system? Will the company continue supporting it? And for how long?
If you own a BlackBerry 10 device, you can don’t have to worry right now as the company plans to support the OS for the time being. In a recent interview, the company’s senior VP for sales, Alex Thurber said,
We continue to support the BlackBerry 10 operating system; some companies are interested in licensing it for handsets. If it’s a solid business model going forward, we’ll work with a 3rd manufacturer. But we’re not close enough to say we’re going to do that.
Outsource Smartphone Development
Going forward the company plans to outsource the development of smartphones powered by BlackBerry 10. Even though it will not be manufacturing these phones, it will be involved with the OS.
With this confirmation, it looks like BlackBerry isn’t ditching it’s OS anytime soon. You can now relax if you are a BlackBerry and BB 10 fan.
As for the companies it will work with, BlackBerry has said that it is very careful about the partners it chooses for this. The company says that it will be involved in the whole process and that it wants a positive experience. The company hasn’t mentioned any partners but we have heard that it plans to work with TCL. This is the same company BlackBerry worked with on its most recent Android phone, the DTEK50.
At the moment, all we can do is hope BlackBerry sticks to its Word. Companies do things based on market conditions to ensure their shareholders benefit. BlackBerry may say that it will support BB 10 but may change its mind if that is not a financially viable option. Investment of time and resources has to make sense for them.