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BlackBerry To Kill Paid Apps From Its App Store

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  • Blackberry will remove paid apps from its app stores
  • The change will begin from April 1 od this year
  • Blackberry will remove all the paid content

BlackBerry Limited has informed a few app developers that it will forcibly remove paid software from the “BlackBerry World” app store from April 1.

“BlackBerry has started alerting developers with paid apps in the ‘BlackBerry World’ store through email. According to the message, BB10 users won’t be able to purchase anything from the store starting on April 1 when the paid content will be removed,” SlashGear reported late on Tuesday.

Blackberry removes all paid apps from its app stores. Wikimedia Commons
Blackberry removes all paid apps from its app stores. Wikimedia Commons

The company reportedly said the marketplace will become a “free-only storefront” and that “all purchasing mechanisms will be disabled”.

“That switch from paid to free must happen by March 31. Any paid content that hasn’t been converted will simply be removed altogether on the next day. Developers who only have free content on ‘BlackBerry World’ don’t need to take any action,” the report added.

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In December 2017, BlackBerry had promised to support BB10 for at least two more years with “BlackBerry World” slated to close down officially on December 31, 2019.

The developers are being informed of this development. Wikimedia Commons
The developers are being informed of this development. Wikimedia Commons

BlackBerry 10 or BB10 is a proprietary mobile operating system for the BlackBerry line of smartphones, both developed by BlackBerry Limited.

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The smartphone also comes preloaded with the BlackBerry security and productivity apps.

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Optiemus launches BlackBerry KEY2 LE in India for Rs 29,990 Flickr

With the festive season kicking in, home-grown company Optiemus Infracom Ltd, which manufactures and distributes BlackBerry-branded handsets, on Monday launched the BlackBerry KEY2 LE smartphone in India for Rs 29,990.

The device will be exclusively available on Amazon.in starting October 12, Optiemus Infracom said in a statement.

The device is designed for physical keyboard enthusiasts and offers the iconic BlackBerry QWERTY keyboard experience.

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BlackBerry KEY2. Flickr

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor and 4GB RAM, the smartphone runs the latest Android Oreo 8.1 operating system.

The device packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card.

The BlackBerry KEY2 LE houses a 3000mAh battery. It is equipped with a 13+5MP dual rear camera set-up and an 8MP front camera.

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The smartphone also comes preloaded with the BlackBerry security and productivity apps.

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“Security and privacy are becoming priorities in our data-dependent world and at Optiemus, we are committed to offering our customers a trustworthy mobile experience,” said Hardip Singh, Executive Director, Optiemus Infracom. (IANS)