BlackBerry will kill its app retailer on the finish of 2019, help BB10 for ‘no less than two’ extra years
The way forward for BlackBerry OS, the most recent model of which is BlackBerry 10 (or BB10, for brief), has been in query ever since rumors began about BlackBerry adopting Android. Now that we’ve seen fairly a number of BlackBerry units powered by Android, and now that BlackBerry is now not a telephone firm, the Canadian agency is lastly beginning to in the reduction of.
It’s taken BlackBerry an excruciatingly very long time to get right here. The final BBOS units have been manufactured in 2015.
Even earlier this 12 months, Alex Thurber, head of BlackBerry’s mobility options unit, wasn’t prepared to expose details about the destiny of BBOS:
That’s proper: BlackBerry nonetheless employs engineers centered on BlackBerry 10 — the most recent 10.3.3 replace got here out in December 2016. Thurber wouldn’t definitively say there will probably be no extra BlackBerry OS units, nor would he decide to a future BlackBerry 10 telephone. In different phrases, it’s technically nonetheless attainable, assuming there’s sufficient demand from clients.
With every passing day, it’s much less and fewer seemingly we’ll see a brand new BlackBerry 10 telephone. Now that the app retailer goes away on the finish of 2019, there will probably be quite a lot of stress on BlackBerry to finish help for the working system as properly. The solely factor that would prolong it additional can be a major variety of clients demanding that BlackBerry hold patching BBOS.
BlackBerry did say as we speak that “there are nonetheless hundreds of thousands of individuals actively utilizing BB10 and BBOS units, a lot of that are already greater than 10 years outdated.” Its resolution? A trade-up program that offers these clients “a major low cost and incentive to improve your present BlackBerry system to a brand new BlackBerry KeyOne or Motion, each of that are the world’s most safe Android smartphones.”
Details of this system are unknown, a stark reminder of simply how slowly BlackBerry nonetheless operates.
New analysis from development knowledge and analytics firm BuildZoom tracks how the median revenue of residents getting into and leaving San Francisco has modified over the previous 12 years by way of annual surveys performed by the corporate. BuildZoom’s chief economist, Issi Romem, discovered that people who find themselves selecting to go away town are, unsurprisingly, making lower than the median revenue after they resolve to go away. But he additionally discovered that, beginning round 2010, the median revenue of newcomers to town elevated dramatically. From 2014 to 2016, the typical revenue of latest residents surpassed, or was practically on par with, the median revenue for all residents.
While there are a couple of different metropolitan areas the place the median revenue of “in-migrants” is larger than that of “out-migrants” (Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego), San Francisco has the most important disparity between the 2 teams.
According to a weblog submit from Romem, there are a few takeaways right here. First, whereas it could appear promising that people who find themselves shifting to the Bay Area are incomes greater than ever earlier than, the opposite implication is that solely excessive earners can afford to maneuver to San Francisco. And people who find themselves shifting to town are seemingly shifting to take a job in one of many highest-paying sectors (like tech). Additionally, although the median revenue is rising, so is the price of housing. The median worth of a house in San Francisco has risen from $543,059 in 2012 to $1.4 million this 12 months, which signifies that these excessive earners aren’t essentially taking house more cash.
And for a lot of of those that find yourself leaving San Francisco, the grass does find yourself being greener someplace else. BuildZoom’s evaluation discovered that in 2016, the median family revenue for out-migrants went from $81,500 as soon as they left the Bay Area to $68,200 of their new metropolis. That’s larger than the median revenue in lots of different main U.S. metropolitan areas, together with Chicago ($65,500), Portland ($64,900), Los Angeles ($64,700), Dallas ($62,500), and Atlanta ($61,100).