Tech start-up OnwardMobility has confirmed that plans to bring a 5G Blackberry device to market is officially dead. In one reportKevin Michaluk, founder of the newly resurrected company crackberry blog announced that the company will close its doors, along with plans for a modern smartphone with a physical keyboard.
“We would like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given us since the launch of OnwardMobility. However, it is with great sadness that we announce the closure of OnwardMobility and that we will no longer continue development of ‘an ultra-secure smartphone with a physical keyboard,’ reads OnwardMobility. official site.
Earlier this month, the Texas-based startup lost its license to use the “Blackberry” brand name on its upcoming 5G device. OnwardMobility intended to renew the line of iconic phones with an Android-based Wi-Fi-enabled algorithm. Currently, they have not explained why it is closed or the cancellation of the project as a whole.
Although there are no images for the Blackberry 5G, reports suggest that the phone was inspired by the design of the Priv, an Android-based slider phone released in late 2015. It was the only Android device released by Blackberry Ltd, before moving on to software. development.
In January, Blackberry Ltd has discontinued legacy services for older phones running their operating system. The Canadian company was an early leader in smartphones, adding a physical QWERTY keyboard to mobile devices and key services like Blackberry Messenger. It also came with a Balance feature that allowed users to switch between their work profile and a personal profile, to ensure you were accessing the right data.
The Blackberry Hub was another great feature that compiled all your emails, messages, and social media updates in one place while offering contextual tools to help you manage incoming traffic.
In 2016, the company stopped producing mobile devices and instead moved into a software-only business, offering services to TCL. The contract finally ended in 2020.