OnwardMobility, the startup hoping to revive Blackberry phones with a 5G keyboard-geared up Android gadget, is ending its perform on the cellphone and shutting down as a enterprise. “It is with excellent unhappiness that we announce that OnwardMobility will be shutting down, and we will no lengthier be continuing with the improvement of an ultra-secure smartphone with a actual physical keyboard,” the corporation wrote in a assertion on its web-site.
The announcement doesn’t come as substantially of a shock supplied reports that OnwardMobility’s 5G Blackberry had been cancelled previously this thirty day period. But at the time there was speculation that the organization could dwell on and endeavor to produce a 5G keyboard-geared up Android cellular phone without the need of the Blackberry title. Now, even so, we know it’s the finish of the line for the enterprise as a whole as effectively as the merchandise alone.
Despite expressing “this is not the result we labored and hoped for,” OnwardMobility’s statement doesn’t give any indicator of accurately why it cancelled the venture. But Android Law enforcement earlier documented that its license to use the Blackberry branding had just lately been cancelled. And, a lot more usually, it just cannot have been simple making an attempt to make it as a new smartphone producer amidst an ongoing worldwide chip shortage.