TCL set to end deal making BlackBerry smartphones
Chinese electronics group TCL will stop producing BlackBerry-branded smartphones this year, the companies said Monday, leaving it unclear whether that will be the end of the line for the once-dominant handsets.
BlackBerry did not disclose any plans for the future of its once-dominant smartphone line.
Key2 model smartphones introduced in 2018 were still being promoted at the BlackBerry website on Monday.
TCL unveiled Key2 in mid-2018, combining a physical keyboard with a 4.5-inch screen and powering it with the Google-backed Android operating system.
BlackBerry's share of the global smartphone market has fallen to virtually zero since it dominated the market with its physical keyboard design a decade ago.
The rise of Apple's iOS and Android-powered handsets with touchscreens and "apps for that" prompted BlackBerry to abandon the market to concentrate on software and services.
TCL also produces smartphones under the Alcatel brand.