BlackBerry OS is a proprietary mobile operating system developed by Canadian company BlackBerry Limited for its BlackBerry line of smartphone handheld devices. The operating system provides multitasking and supports specialized input devices that have been adopted by BlackBerry for use in its handhelds, particularly the trackwheel, trackball, and most recently, the trackpad and touchscreen.
|OS family||Mobile operating systems|
|Working state||Stopped (replaced by BlackBerry 10; and Android)|
|Source model||Closed source|
|Initial release||January 19, 1999 (as Version 1.0 for Pager BlackBerry 850)|
March 4, 2002 (as Version 3.6 for smartphone BlackBerry 5810 Wireless Handheld)
|Latest release||188.8.131.5231 (BlackBerry 9790/9900) / November 2013|
|Marketing target||Mobile phone|
|Package manager||BlackBerry Desktop Manager|
|Platforms||BlackBerry line of smartphones|
|Kernel type||Java virtual machine[clarification needed]|
|Default user interface||Graphical|
|Succeeded by||BlackBerry 10|
The BlackBerry platform is perhaps best known for its native support for corporate email, through Java Micro Edition MIDP 1.0 and, more recently, a subset of MIDP 2.0, which allows complete wireless activation and synchronization with Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, or Novell GroupWise email, calendar, tasks, notes, and contacts, when used with BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The operating system also supports WAP 1.2.
Updates to the operating system may be automatically available from wireless carriers that support the BlackBerry over the air software loading (OTASL) service.
Research from June 2011, indicated that approximately 45% of mobile developers were using the platform at the time of publication.
|Table of versions: BlackBerry|
|Version||Release date||Features / Information about|
|January 1999||The BlackBerry OS made its debut and it was released for the Pager BlackBerry 850.|
|March 2002||Released on the BlackBerry 5810 smartphone.|
|August 4, 2009||It was released on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 8520 and came to the other BlackBerry smartphones a short while after its release.|
It was officially released in August 2011, making its appearance on the BlackBerry Bold (9900/9930), BlackBerry Torch (9810/9850/9860), and the BlackBerry Curve (9350/9360/9370/9380). Any smartphones running an earlier version of the BlackBerry OS could not be updated to version 7.0.
|January 2012||It has now been superseded by the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but is still sold by BlackBerry on its smartphones. This was an update to version 7.0 and added several new features compared to 7.0, including|
|Version||Release date||Features / Information about|
The BlackBerry 9720 runs a version of BlackBerry OS 7.1 with updates to the user interface, such as a new lock screen that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera, and redesigned Application Switcher, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Phone apps.
While BlackBerry Ltd. develops and releases updated versions of its operating system to support each device, it is up to the individual carriers to decide if and when a version is released to its users.
|Version||Supported devices: BlackBerry 8000 series|
|4.5||BlackBerry devices in the 8100 and 8800 series, plus BlackBerry Curve 8300/8310/8320.|
|4.6||BlackBerry Pearl Flip.|
|5.0||BlackBerry Curve 8330/8350i/8520/8530/8900.|
|Version||Supported devices: BlackBerry 9000 series|
|5.0||BlackBerry Bold 9000, BlackBerry Storm, BlackBerry Storm 2 and BlackBerry Tour.|
|6.0||BlackBerry Bold 9650/9700/9780, BlackBerry Curve 9300/9330, BlackBerry Pearl 9100/9105, BlackBerry Style 9670, and BlackBerry Torch 9800.|
|7.0||BlackBerry Bold 9790/9900/9930, BlackBerry Curve 9350/9360/9370/9380/ BlackBerry Torch 9810/9850/ and BlackBerry Torch 9860.|
|7.1||BlackBerry Curve 9310/9315/9220/9320 and BlackBerry 9720.|
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Prior to OS 5.0, you were restricted to the fonts installed by BlackBerry Ltd. on your Blackberry. If you are trying to get Arial on a pre OS 5.0 device, you can not.
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