As we move further into the 2000’s cell phones have evolved from being mere phones to call one another to being more like miniature hand held computers. Some are capable of internet browsing and most “smart” phones have more computing power than NASA did when they launched the very first shuttle to the moon. One of the first smart phones to implement technology like this is a phone called the “Blackberry,” which has waned in popularity today but still has a core group of supporting consumers. Much like a home computer or laptop Blackberries smart capabilities run off of something called an “OS” or “Operating System.” Examples of popular operating systems would be Windows XP and Linux.
Since the Blackberry is not only a hand held device but a phone it doesn’t have the ability to support a full computer operating system such as the aforementioned ones in the paragraph above. Instead Blackberry’s founding company Research in Motion created their very own operating system that would be more compatible with the phone that they’d created. The Blackberry OS has no other name than the Blackberry operating system as it was created for the sole purpose of allowing the specific smart phone to work like a computer.
This OS was one of the first to incorporate a “track ball” and “track wheel” which allowed the user to scroll through whatever they were viewing, more recently however the Blackberry has upgraded to using a touch screen in order to compete with rivaling companies like Apple and Microsoft, which have each developed their own smart phones the most popular of which currently being the “iphone.”
One of the features that made the Blackberry OS so popular was the fact that it naturally supported corporate email accounts. This made it very popular amongst companies and business men. Although the Blackberry has lost a large amount of popularity due to its competitors it’s manged to keep its core users by allowing them to write their own third party software without having to “jailbreak” the phone which means hacking it to allow third party access, a practice that is common of many iphone users.
Blackberry does allow its users to write their own software using their API class but they also require that the rights to that software be digitally signed if it uses certain functionality from the Blackberry OS. This operating system although designed originally for the Blackberry phone has since been used in the Blackberry tabled as to compete with the Microsoft Tablet and the infamous ipad.
The Blackberry OS allows for one thing that not many other operating systems do and that’s automatic wireless updates. These automatic wireless updates are sent out as soon as they are available by Research in Motion and are received as soon as the individual is in an area with wireless service. It’s features like this that have allowed Blackberry to keep making a profit even while facing daunting competitors.