BlackBerry is a brand of smartphones and other related mobile services and devices. The line was originally developed and maintained by the Canadian company BlackBerry Limited (formerly known as Research In Motion, or RIM) from 1999 to 2016, after which it was licensed to various companies.
BlackBerry devices were once known for their physical keyboards, secure communications, and mobile productivity features. They were popular among business users and government agencies, but they eventually lost market share to other smartphone platforms, such as iOS and Android.
In 2016, BlackBerry Limited announced that it would no longer make smartphones and would instead focus on software and cybersecurity services. However, the company licensed the BlackBerry brand to other companies, and new BlackBerry smartphones have been released since then.
BlackBerry devices typically offer the following features:
* Secure communications: BlackBerry devices use a variety of security features to protect data, including encryption, authentication, and authorization.
* Mobile productivity: BlackBerry devices offer a variety of features that make them well-suited for mobile productivity, such as email, calendar, and contact management.
* Physical keyboard: Many BlackBerry devices have a physical keyboard, which is preferred by some users for typing and navigation.
Current status
BlackBerry Limited is now a software and cybersecurity company. It offers a variety of products and services, including:
* BlackBerry Cylance: An artificial intelligence (AI)-based endpoint security solution
* BlackBerry UEM: A unified endpoint management platform
* BlackBerry AtHoc: A critical event management solution
* BlackBerry QNX: A software platform for secure embedded systems
BlackBerry devices are still available from licensed manufacturers, such as OnwardMobility. However, they are not as popular as they once were, and the number of BlackBerry devices in use has declined significantly in recent years.
BlackBerry was once a major player in the smartphone market. However, the company has since shifted its focus to software and cybersecurity services. While BlackBerry devices are still available, they are not as popular as they once were.