Back in December 2017, BlackBerry announced that it planned to support BB10, the company’s in-house developed mobile operating system, until the end of 2019. While this may still be technically true, BlackBerry is preparing to deliver what developers are describing as the “final nail in the BB10 coffin.”
In an email to developers, the company says BlackBerry World “will move to a free-only storefront,” on April 1st, 2018. Following the move, “all purchasing mechanisms will be disabled,” according to BlackBerry.
Developers will technically still be able to monetize their BB10 apps as long as they’re willing to implement and support their own in-app payment backend. However, those that decide not to make their apps free will see them removed from BlackBerry World on March 31st, 2018.
BlackBerry effectively shutting down Blackberry World. Final nail in the BB10 coffin pic.twitter.com/0BbqbCc6Ur
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) February 27, 2018
In short, this is effectively the end of BB10, and it’s coming in a month’s time.
“Customers who upgrade to a new KeyOne or Motion won’t miss a beat as they’ll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard.”