Blackberry Limited has begun informing app developers that they will be removing paid for software from the Blackberry World app store on the 1 April 2018, according to The Verge.
Blackberry Limited, is a company that manages Blackberry brand licensing and software. According to Blackberry the marketplace will be a free-only storefront and all purchasing methods will be disabled.
The company said that apps can still be monetised but payment backends must be supported by the developer and built into the app itself. Refunds for paid content will be supported until 30 April 2018. Customers will be able to enjoy access to paid content even after it is removed.
If a developer chooses not to change an app from paid to free, then the company will take it down by the end of March.
Developer Steve Troughton Smith posted on Twitter a statement from Blackberry where the company announced the end of Blackberry World. Troughton Smith said that the closing down of Blackberry World the final nail in the coffin for BB10.
The BB10 is the last Blackberry Limited custom mobile operating system before the company moved to Android in 2015.
Last year December, the mobile company promised at least two years more of support for the Blackberry 10, with Blackberry World set to close down officially on New Years Eve 2019. A Blackberry representative pointed to a blog post from December last year when asked for comment. In the blog post the company states that “Customers who upgrade to a new KeyOne or Motion won’t miss a beat as they’ll have immediate access to the rich universe of apps in the Google Play store without compromising on either security or their desire for a physical keyboard”.
– BUSINESS REPORT ONLINE