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    BlackBerry Shifts Away From Hardware

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle32098638/

    In a move that surprises absolutely no-one, BlackBerry has shifted away from hardware manufacturing and will now licence its name and Android based OS to various companies around the world. What is surprising, and not picked up on in this article is that the DTEK50 has been put on EOL status and BB will sell through current inventory, this effectively kills the DTEK60 before it even got off the ground.

    It's also now official that BB10 is toast, what this means to the 10.3.3 update, promised since January '16, and the 10.4 update promised for next year remains to be seen but I wouldn't hold out much hope of seeing either.

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    I have to admit that I'm completely confused about BB's intentions for the DTEK60, I guess we'll have to wait and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mann Incognito View Post
    It's also now official that BB10 is toast, what this means to the 10.3.3 update, promised since January '16, and the 10.4 update promised for next year remains to be seen but I wouldn't hold out much hope of seeing either.
    According to a post that BlackBerry did on their Facebook:

    For those wondering, we are in the final stages of NIAP certification for our latest BlackBerry 10 release, 10.3.3. We are grateful for our devoted BB10 customers, and continue to support the platform.
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    I bought a BB Passport recently even knowing that support would likely die down but it remains such a unique device and the new iPhones didn't wow me at all. Note 7 wow'd me with their explosive nature but even Android i getting dull. So sad that we'll have fewer quality selection as consumers moving forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mann Incognito View Post
    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/repor...ticle32098638/

    In a move that surprises absolutely no-one, BlackBerry has shifted away from hardware manufacturing and will now licence its name and Android based OS to various companies around the world. What is surprising, and not picked up on in this article is that the DTEK50 has been put on EOL status and BB will sell through current inventory, this effectively kills the DTEK60 before it even got off the ground.

    It's also now official that BB10 is toast, what this means to the 10.3.3 update, promised since January '16, and the 10.4 update promised for next year remains to be seen but I wouldn't hold out much hope of seeing either.
    Please post a source for this info, as until a reputable news source reports it as verified fact, it can only be considered rumor and/or speculation. I've read both the article you linked to, and one that showed up on my Flipboard Feed from either Forbes or another very reputable news organization, and neither article mentioned one word of what you're claiming.
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    This is a Twitter thread posted by the reporter of the original G&M article. BlackBerry did briefly acknowledge this in their earnings call too:

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    Also, BlackBerry did confirm that the 10.3.3 update is coming but they have refused to say anything about 10.4, not even give it a vague date, as they have been doing being in the past.


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    Thanks for the additional info. Here's my thoughts:

    1. The DTEK50 thing makes no sense to me, because they JUST launched that phone, and it's the first phone released under their new business model. BlackBerry didn't make that phone, it was made by a 3rd Party manufacturer to whom the BlackBerry name was licensed.
    2. I can understand that right now, their focus is on 10.3.3, as that's the one that's in active development. As for 10.4, who knows? Since I don't use BlackBerry 10 devices, I don't even know what the deals are with the carriers. Do the end users still have to pay for a special BlackBerry Data Plan like in the old days? 'Cuz in RIM/BlackBerry's heyday, that was a big part of their revenue stream, as I'm sure you're already aware.

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    I'm glad I have my Bold 9900 still in excellent condition.

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