BlackBerry’s internal mobile platforms (BlackBerry OS 7.1 and earlier, BlackBerry 10, and PlayBook OS) reached end-of-life (EOL) status on December 31, 2021. The company said this meant voice, data, SMS, calls from emergency. , and more would no longer “work reliably”.
company software lifecycle page specifically notes that the Password Keeper, DTEK, BlackBerry Launcher, Privacy Shade, and Keyboard apps are reaching end of life on August 31, 2022. The page also reveals that BlackBerry has already ended support for several other Android apps in 2019. , such as the Device Search, Productivity Tab, Power Center, and BlackBerry Blend apps.
What does this mean?
However, the BlackBerry Launcher, DTEK security suite, Password Keeper, Privacy Shade, and Keyboard apps were available on the BlackBerry KeyOne, Key2, Key2 LE, and Motion Android phones. So this is a disappointing turn of events if you were hoping to keep these phones for longer.
Saying that, lilliputing notes that BlackBerry Android apps that have already reached EOL status are still available through the Play Store. But you will be alone if you have any problems or if these apps stop working altogether. It also seems unlikely that Onward Mobility’s new BlackBerry-branded phone, now arriving in 2022, will use these apps.
Either way, there are alternatives to some of these apps and services. But we hope to see the Privacy Shade feature, in particular, make its way to Android, as it’s a useful feature to combat screen peeking.