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A Look at the Rise and Fall of BlackBerry

By Kaleigh Alessandro | Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Last month, BlackBerry introduced its final smartphone to the market, signifying the company’s strategic shift to focus on software. While Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android devices continue to dominate the market, BlackBerry will finally pull back and remove itself from the competitive device landscape.
And while its last entrant to the race, the DTEK60, has much to offer in terms of encryption technology and security software, the outlook remains grim. To many, this has, perhaps, signaled the beginning of the end for BlackBerry. Thus, we take a glance back at what was once a hugely successful enterprise:

  • September 1996 – Research in Motion/RIM introduces its Inter@ctive Pager 900, a two-way paging device.

  • January 1999 – The first device with the name “BlackBerry”, the BlackBerry 850, hits the market as an email pager.

  • June 1999 – BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is released for general availability. BES, at its height, was the de facto operating software solution for enterprise handheld communications.

  • August 2005 – BlackBerry Messenger, an instant-messenger application, is introduced. 

  • December 2012 – At its peak, BlackBerry devices number 80 million globally.

  • January 2013 – BlackBerry introduces Z10 and Q10 smartphones with touchscreen capabilities.

  • June 2016 – BlackBerry devices number just 20 million globally. 

  • September 2016 – BlackBerry announces it will cease developing smartphones.

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