By James Pero For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:24 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 19:24 GMT, 3 February 2020
The dissolution of a critical partnership between TCL and Blackberry could be the death knell for one of the world's most recognized smart phone brands.
According to a tweet sent out by BlackBerry on Monday, TCL Communications will stop making BlackBerry branded smartphones at the end of the year, effectively ending a partnership struck in 2016.
'We do regret to share, however, that as of 31 August 2020, TCL Communication will no longer be selling BlackBerry-branded mobile devices,' writes BlackBerry in a statement.
'TCL Communication has no further rights to design, manufacture or sell any new BlackBerry mobile devices.'
As noted by The Verge, BlackBerry does not have any manufacturing partnerships with other companies to make its phones.