TCL, a Chinese electronics giant has discontinued the blackberry branded phones as per the company announcement. In 2016, TCL signed an agreement to produce the phones for blackberry after blackberry stopped producing for its own.
It had released multiple handsets featuring the classic blackberry model. The same will end by August 2020. After 14 years in 2016 Blackberry decided to make its own devices.
Blackberry a market leader once, paved its way to struggle with the competitive players like apple and Samsung. It had also launched a new model Blackberry 10 which ultimately failed to gain the popular applications to the platform.
The company now only focuses on software and cyber security. In this agreement, TCL could release models featuring the classic blackberry which it has the patents for.
BlackBerry Limited had provided apps with security enhanced version of the operating system for the devices, while TCL paid BlackBerry a royalty for every sold.