Blackberry is going through difficult times right now and has just been acquired by Fairfax Financial for $4.7 billion. If you remember, the Canadian OEM launched Blackberry 9720 with an outdated Blackberry OS 7, which did receive a lot of criticisms. Now, it is confirmed that Blackberry 9720 would be the last handset to come with Blackberry OS 7.
The news was confirmed by BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders, to the folks at N4BB in a Q&A session. According to N4BB:
During a Q&A session, we had the opportunity to speak with BlackBerry VP of Developer Relations Alec Saunders. In regards our questions regarding the longevity of legacy BlackBerry OS and developer support for the platform, we learned that the current to market BlackBerry 9720 smartphone is the last device to support legacy OS.
Blackberry 9720 was launched in August with Blackberry OS 7.1 and came with entry-level specifications. The handset featured outdated specifications including a 2.8-inch touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard, a single-core 806MHz processor, 512MB RAM and 1,450 mAh battery.
Finally the folks at Blackberry are kicking an old operating system to the curb — one which was full of glitches and simply cannot compete in the market dominated by low-cost Android devices. Recently, Blackberry launched their most powerful Blackberry 10.2 OS powered Z30, which we hope will help the company put an end to its struggle. It’s the first Blackberry phablet, featuring a design that is quite similar to Blackberry Z10.