Startup’s Planned 5G Blackberry Revival Is Officially Dead


OnwardMobility, the startup that wants to revive Blackberry phones with an Android device with 5G keyboard, is ending its work on the phone and winding down as a company. “It is with great sadness that we announce that OnwardMobility is ending and we will no longer continue developing an ultra-secure smartphone with a physical keyboard,” the company wrote in a statement on its website.

The announcement comes as no surprise given that OnwardMobility’s 5G Blackberry was canceled earlier this month. But at the time, there was speculation that the company might live on and try to produce an Android phone with 5G keyboard without the Blackberry name. However, now we know that this is the end of the line for the company as a whole, as well as for the product itself.

Despite the fact that “this is not the result we worked and hoped for,” OnwardMobility’s statement does not provide any indication as to exactly why the project was canceled. But android police previously reported that the license to use the Blackberry branding had recently been revoked. And, more broadly, it couldn’t have been easy making it as a new smartphone maker amid an ongoing global chip shortage.

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