Blackberry Denies Reports it's Ditching its Own Smartphone OS 

Blackberry has denied reports that it is to stop production of its BlackBerry OS 10 based smartphones.

The report stemed from a memo sent to administrators in the US Senate warning them that corporate Blackberry handsets were to be phased out. The decision apparently was sparked by a letter Blackberry sent to AT&T and Verizon alerting them that the handsets would no longer be manufactured.

However, Blackberry denies ever sending such a letter.
The Canadian smartphone manufacturer did accept that it had sent a letter to the US mobile networks, but only that it was stopping production of one particular smartphone, the Blackberry Classic.
It also confirmed that the company is still planning to release upgrades to its own OS though to at least next year.

In a statement, Blackberry said that its "device strategy is based on a cross-platform model where we'll continue to support our BlackBerry 10 platform while expanding our device offering to include Android-based devices. We are focused on software updates for BlackBerry 10, with version 10.3.3 scheduled for next month, and a second update to follow next year."

"We believe that being truly cross platform - which includes support for BB10, Android, iOS and Windows Phone - will allow us to best serve our customers across the world." the company concluded.
The US Senate, which sparked the rumours is still planning to drop support for Blackberry smartphones for its staff though.

Source: Cellular News