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IN OUR VIEW/The Mighty Has Fallen: BlackBerry operating system will soon be no more

January 2, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.

Remember the BlackBerry?

We suspect many younger readers probably think we are talking about jam or cobbler. But those with a few more years -- enough to recall the adolescent years of smartphones -- will know what we mean.

Apple, Samsung and Motorola own most of the smartphone market today. But there was a time when the BlackBerry ruled the roost. Every mover and shaker, from Wall Street finance tycoons to politicians to movie stars had one of the devices glued firmly to their hands.

The phone even had a nickname -- CrackBerry -- because it was so addictive.

A little more than a decade ago the BlackBerry still commanded half the U.S. smartphone market. Now it's barely an afterthought.

And pretty soon it will be no more. Mostly.

As of Tuesday, the company -- which has moved into the cybersecurity field -- will no longer support any device using the BlackBerry software. BlackBerry Ltd. explained on its website that "devices running these legacy services and software through either carrier or Wi-Fi connections will no longer reliably function, including for data, phone calls, SMS and 9-1-1 functionality."

So that's that.

But if you're one of the few who still must have that CrackBerry fix, all is not lost. Some models are out there that work with the Android operating system.

It may not be the same, but it's something.

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