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BlackBerry OS is a discontinued proprietary mobile operating system developed by 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.

BlackBerry OS
BlackBerry OS logo
Developer BlackBerry Ltd
Written in C++
OS family Mobile operating systems
Working state Stopped (replaced by BlackBerry 10; and Android)
Source model Closed source
Initial release January 19, 1999; 17 years ago (1999-01-19) (as Version 1.0 for Pager BlackBerry 850)
March 4, 2002; 14 years ago (2002-03-04) (as Version 3.6 for smartphone BlackBerry 5810 Wireless Handheld)
Latest release 7.1.0.2931 (BlackBerry 9790/9900) / November 2013; 3 years ago (2013-11)
Marketing target Mobile phone
Available in Multi-Lingual
Package manager BlackBerry Desktop Manager
Platforms BlackBerry line of smartphones
Kernel type Java virtual machine
Default user interface Graphical
License Proprietary
Official website us.blackberry.com/apps-software/blackberry7/

BlackBerry OS is a discontinued proprietary mobile operating system developed by 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 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.

BlackBerry OS was discontinued after the release of BlackBerry 10, but BlackBerry will continue support for the BlackBerry OS. However, the latest devices, the BlackBerry Priv and the BlackBerry DTEK50, use the Android operating system.

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