BlackBerry OS

BlackBerry OS
BlackBerry OS logo
DeveloperBlackBerry Ltd.
Written inC++[1]
OS familyMobile operating systems
Working stateStopped (replaced by BlackBerry 10; and Android)
Source modelClosed source
Initial releaseJanuary 19, 1999; 20 years ago (1999-01-19) (as Version 1.0 for Pager BlackBerry 850)[2]
March 4, 2002; 17 years ago (2002-03-04) (as Version 3.6 for smartphone BlackBerry 5810 Wireless Handheld)[3][4]
Latest release7.1.0.2931 (BlackBerry 9790/9900)[5] / November 2013; 5 years ago (2013-11)
Marketing targetMobile phone
Available inMulti-Lingual
Package managerBlackBerry Desktop Manager
PlatformsBlackBerry line of smartphones
Kernel typeJava virtual machine[clarification needed]
Default user interfaceGraphical

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.

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.

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, indicated that approximately 45% of mobile developers were using the platform at the time of publication.[6]

BlackBerry OS was discontinued after the release of BlackBerry 10 in January 2013, however support for the older OS continued until the end of 2013.[7]

Release history

Obsolete Current
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January 1999; 20 years ago (1999-01) The BlackBerry OS made its debut and it was released for the Pager BlackBerry 850.


March 2002; 17 years ago (2002-03) Released on the BlackBerry 5810 smartphone.


August 4, 2009; 9 years ago (2009-08-04) It was released on the BlackBerry Bold 9000 8520 and came to the other BlackBerry smartphones a short while after its release.


Q3 2010

In April 2010, RIM announced the BlackBerry OS 6.0 version, which was released in the third quarter of 2010.[8] This version included a new WebKit-based browser.[9]


August 2011

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.[10]


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[11]
Version Release date Features / Information about

BlackBerry 9720

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.

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