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A family of smartphones from BlackBerry, Waterloo, Ontario (www.blackberry.com), formerly Research In Motion (RIM). Starting in 2015, the company switched from its proprietary OS to Android and is expected to move forward with the Android line.
BlackBerry's Email Pioneered the Smartphone
In 1999, the text-only BlackBerry was the first mobile device that synchronized with the Microsoft Exchange corporate mail server. In 2002, GSM voice and GPRS data were added in the model 5810, making it the first BlackBerry smartphone. Two years later, a million people were using them, and in 2009, with many users on their second, third and fourth models, the 50 millionth BlackBerry was sold. At the end of 2012, there were approximately 79 million subscribers.
In the late 2000s, iPhones and Androids offered touchscreens, slick software and most significantly, email synchronization, BlackBerry's claim to fame. As iPhone/Android sales skyrocketed, BlackBerry users switched, and by the time innovative BlackBerrys were introduced, it was too late. By 2013, with an entirely new line of devices (see BlackBerry 10), sales were barely 1% of the market. The company launched a turnaround plan that focused on selling mobile security software to enterprises and deriving royalties from its many patents. In 2015, the first Android-only BlackBerry debuted (see BlackBerry Priv). See BlackBerry App World, BlackBerry Enterprise Server, BlackBerry Storm, CrackBerry, BlackBerry Messenger and smartphone.
Classic BlackBerry Models
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