BlackBerry’s 5G phone is officially dead

BlackBerry fans won’t get a 5G phone after all.

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the BlackBerry 5G phone delayed is dead, OnwardMobility confirmed on its website.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of OnwardMobility, and we will no longer pursue development of an ultra-secure smartphone with a physical keyboard,” OnwardMobility said in a post Friday, as spotted earlier. by CrackBerry. “Please know that this was not a decision we made lightly or in haste. We share your disappointment at this news and assure you that this is not the outcome we have been working towards and hoping for.”

Android Police and CrackBerry initially reported that the phone was canceled on February 11, saying OnwardMobility, a Texas-based startup seeking to revitalize the iconic brand through an Android-based next-generation Wi-Fi device, had lost the license. of BlackBerry Ltd. . to use the BlackBerry brand name.

OnwardMobility has not explained why it is shutting down and canceling production of the phone.

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The news comes after BlackBerry service ended for its old devices early January and OnwardMobility promised an update on the phone in a blog post last month titled: “Contrary to popular belief, we are not dead.”

Before OnwardMobility got the license, Chinese manufacturer TCL was the newest maker of BlackBerry-branded phones. It launched the BlackBerry KeyTwo in 2018, along with other Android-powered devices. However, TCL has since launched its own mid-range phones.

BlackBerry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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