This week BlackBerry announced that they will no longer be making any of the hardware for their smartphones, and they will instead outsource that design to third-parties.

This news was announced alongside the company’s second quarter financial results, in which the company’s CEO and executive chairman John Chen revealed that the company will be scrapping handset development in favour of focusing on the development of services on software.

He explained more with the following:

“We are focusing on software development, including security and applications. The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners.”

This means that the Blackberry Priv may be the last smartphone to have been designed by BlackBerry in-house.

BlackBerry will also be focusing on using Android for the operating system as well, such as in the rumoured “Argon” handset.

It will certainly be interesting to see what BlackBerry does in the future as part of this move.

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