Ding, dong, BlackBerry 10 is dead -- Android gets CEO Chen's vote

Wake up, you sleepyhead. Rub your eyes, get out of bed: BB10 has gone where the goblins go (below, below, below)

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BlackBerry’s future plans are Android-only: That’s the uncomfortable conclusion from an interview with CEO John Chen at CES 2016. Still, at least the BlackBerry Priv will be on Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile in just a few weeks.

So here come the BBOS eulogies, even though there’s faint hope that BlackBerry might make another BB10 phone after a couple of years. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers dig the OS’s grave. Not to mention: Karl Conrad used a Priv for several weeks...

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

So BBRY’s plans look stark, then? Roger Cheng wastes no time writing BlackBerry going all-in on Android phones:

This will be an all-Android year. ... The Waterloo, Ontario-based company plans to release one new product, and potentially a second. ... Both will run on Google's mobile software.

[The company] won't offer any phones running on its own BlackBerry 10 software. ... Chen also hopes the Priv will help improve the company's viability, repair the brand and eventually make it possible to produce another phone running BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry has pegged 2016 as a make-or-break year. ... The BlackBerry faithful will have to exercise extreme patience.

“Eventually”? Oh come on, I don’t buy that for a minute. And neither does Ewan Spence, writing of BlackBerry’s Inevitable Surrender:

The Canadian smartphone manufacturer has talked about the handset line-up for 2016, and there’s one big element missing...the in-house option of BB10.

Chen has stated that the hardware division needs to sell five million units this year to break even. That’s a big ask.

BlackBerry 10 is now as good as dead.

Harsh words. But Brad Reed agrees, saying It’s time to start digging a grave for BlackBerry 10:

We all knew this day would come.

Chen said at CES...that it doesn’t plan to release any phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system this year. ... He’s waiting to see whether the company’s Android phones can make its smartphone hardware business profitable again.

[So] BlackBerry is going to go at least two consecutive years without releasing a phone based on BlackBerry 10. ... The writing is on the wall.

BlackBerry 10 was simply going nowhere. [It] has an app ecosystem that’s even worse than Windows Phone and [its] market share in the U.S. currently stands at a dreadful 0.7%.

But maybe the Priv can save the company? Not according to Harlizzle:

the priv is a midrange phone with flagship pricing.

chen dropped the ball with the att exclusive.

Ah, speaking of the AT&T exclusive, Nick Statt brings us news thereof. Here’s his The BlackBerry Priv is coming to Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint:

Chen announced the news...saying his company had a 60-day agreement with AT&T not to announce carrier availability.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted during BlackBerry's press conference to confirm the device will come to T-Mobile on January 26th.

Chen hinted in October that BlackBerry may exit the handset business altogether if the Priv proved a flop.

And Finally...

Karl Conrad used a Priv for several weeks

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