Troubled phonemaker BlackBerry has said it will stop making its Classic smartphone and consigning the technology to the dustbin of history.
The Classic was launched early last year, with a physical keyboard in the vein of its Bold predecessor and powered by the company own overhauled BlackBerry 10 operating system.
However, while a small number of users still like having a physical keyboard on their phone, they are too few to keep the company going. BlackBerry has since launched a phone powered by Android software and plans several more.
Even so BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen is pushing his outfit away from making phones and into becoming a software company. He has warned that if the Android phones don’t make cash he is happy to bump them off too.
The company will no longer manufacture the Classic as it updates its device lineup “to keep innovating and advancing our portfolio,” Ralph Pin wrote in his bog on Tuesday.