This article is about the older BlackBerry OS. For the
-based mobile operating system formerly called "BBX", see
BlackBerry OS is a proprietary mobile operating system developed by BlackBerry Ltd for its BlackBerry line of smartphone handheld devices. The operating system provides multitasking and supports specialized input devices that have been adopted by BlackBerry Ltd. for use in its handhelds, particularly the trackwheel, trackball, and most recently, the trackpad and touchscreen.
The BlackBerry platform is perhaps best known for its native support for corporate email, through
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.
Third-party developers can write software using the available BlackBerry
API classes, although applications that make use of certain functionality must be digitally signed.
Research from June 2011 indicates that approximately 45% of mobile developers were using the platform at the time of publication.
BlackBerry OS was discontinued after the release of
BlackBerry 10 [, but BlackBerry will continue support for the BlackBerry OS. ] citation needed
Release history [ edit ]
Table of versions: BlackBerry
Release date Features / Information about
The BlackBerry OS made its debut and it was released for the Pager BlackBerry 580.
Released on the BlackBerry 5810 smartphone.
August 4, 2008
It was released on the
BlackBerry Bold 9000 8520 and came to the other BlackBerry smartphones a short while after its release.
In April 2010, RIM announced the BlackBerry OS 6.0 version, which was released in the third quarter of 2010.
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. [7 ]
It has now been superseded by the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
Release date Features / Information about
Availability [ edit ]
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.
For the BlackBerry 10 series of devices see BlackBerry 10 Devices.
BlackBerry Fonts [ edit ]
The following is a list of fonts that were included in some versions of BlackBerry (note: some of them were not included in older versions):
[10 ] [11 ]
BBAlphaSans and BBAlphaSerif are based on the
free software DejaVu fonts. [12 ]
BlackBerry Tablet OS [ edit ]
On September 27, 2010, BlackBerry Ltd. announced a new unrelated
QNX-based platform, BlackBerry Tablet OS, to run on its recently released BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer. [13 ]
QNX is currently included in the BlackBerry Tablet OS, and also powers the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system.
See also [ edit ]
^ Lextrait, Vincent (January 2010). "The Programming Languages Beacon, v10.0" . Retrieved January 4, 2010.
^ RIM BlackBerry 1.0
^ Detailed Technical Specifications of RIM BlackBerry 5810
^ BlackBerry 5810 Wireless Handheld™ e BlackBerry 5820 Wireless Handheld™
^ "Developer Economics 2011".
^ "Official BlackBerry 6 Preview Video from WES 2010". CrackBerry. April 2010 . Retrieved April 27, 2010.
^ "RIM announces BlackBerry 7 OS with better browser and BlackBerry Balance, but no legacy support". Engadget . Retrieved 2012-03-04.
^ "BlackBerry smartphones". Fido. May 14, 2013 . Retrieved May 14, 2013.
^ "What is Your Favorite BlackBerry OS 6 Font?". February 1, 2011 . Retrieved 2011-06-29.
^ "How to set the font family "ARIAL" in the RichTextField?". July 13, 2010 . Retrieved 2011-06-29. "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."
^ "Like Those Pretty Fonts in OS 4.5+? Thank Bitstream (Bolt) & DejaVu". August 7, 2009.
^ BlackBerry Ltd. Unveils The BlackBerry PlayBook, official press release, September 27, 2010
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