Say goodbye to the Curve, the Bold, the Storm and all the other iconic handsets that catapulted BlackBerry to the top of smartphone manufacturers in the mid 2000’s.
In its latest quarterly financial results, BlackBerry has revealed that it’s getting out of the hardware business once and for all, choosing instead to “outsource that function to partners.”
This comes after a failed attempt by the company to reboot their smartphone business with Android handsets like the
and the recently launched
BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been foreshadowing this for a long time now. Earlier this year, he warned that if hardware wasn’t making a profit by September it would be time to call it quits, and he’s kept his word after the Mobility Solutions division posted an $8 million loss for this past quarter.
It must be note though that this does not mean the end of BlackBerry handsets altogether, it just means they won’t be produced in-house anymore.
The company says that future handsets, if any, will be designed and built by other companies.
“The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” CEO John Chen said in a statement.