• @Dieterlan
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    89 months ago

    I heard it had something to do with Blackberry owning a patent/copyright/trademark (don’t know which), so phone makers would have to lease the right to do it from them. And Blackberry just… isn’t interested, I guess?

    • @WhoRoger
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      89 months ago

      I heard the same, but that doesn’t explain how there’s been phone models with keypads both before and after BB.

      Also, I doubt Chinese phone makers give a fuck about patents. There was a cheap qwerty phone with KaiOS sold only in India, and I suspect it wasn’t sold anywhere else exactly to avoid worldwide patent problems. But honestly who cares, just make it and people will import it.

    • tiredofsametab
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      19 months ago

      I used to use a phone by Siemens that had a hardware keyboard, and an HTC after that. If they have something blocking, they must license it out. However, I doubt they do.