It’s a make or break time for the once-pioneering smartphone maker, Research In Motion as the company launches hotly anticipated, a critical, long-overdue makeover “BlackBerry 10”.

In the Shadow of Google’s Android-driven smartphones and Apple’s trend-setting iPhone, company has decided to host simultaneous live events in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, Johannesburg, Jakarta and Delhi.

With only 4.6% of the overcrowded global market for smartphones in 2012, RIM is gambling its survival on the much-delayed BlackBerry 10. We wish them all the best!!!

The evolution of the BlackBerry: we look back at the history of the BlackBerry

1995 (RIM-900  or  Inter@ctive Paging): Also known as Inter@ctive Pager, a two-way pager introduced by RAM Mobile Data, the U.S. Operator of the the Mobitex network, with a small keyboard for sending and receiving email and interactive messages.

1998 (Interactive Pager 950 or RIM-950): two-way pager, replaced the RIM-900, featuring email, calendar, text messaging and even text-to-voice messages. When launched sold for $359.

2000 (RIM 957): the classic BlackBerry design, the device featured 32 MB of memory, wireless modem and integrated support for wireless email, Internet and paging. (couldn’t handle e-mail attachments and didn’t have a Web browser by default)

2002 (BlackBerry 5810): 1st BlackBerry phone with wireless cell phone networks – Considered one of the pioneers of the smartphone.


2003 (BlackBerry 7200 / 7230): $400 device, first to feature a color display with “push” functions to automatically update email, an integrated microphone and speaker, and a full Web browser and international roaming for travel.


2004 (BlackBerry 7100t):  featured SureType, technology that merges a phone keypad with a traditional QWERTY keyboard.

2005 (BlackBerry 8700): first device on Cingular’s EDGE network with subtle changes to the QWERTY keyboard, incorporating a phone keypad on the left side.

2006 (BlackBerry Pearl 8100): with digital camera, expandable memory and built-in media player

2007 (BlackBerry Curve 8300): with a sharper color display, and upgrades to the digital camera and media player.

2008 (BlackBerry Storm 9530 / Bold 9000): first BlackBerry without its signature keyboard. (For C-level executives circa 2008, carrying the BlackBerry Bold meant that you had arrived.)

2010 (BlackBerry Torch 9800 / Style 9670): smartphone with a touchscreen that slides upward to reveal a physical keyboard, first BlackBerrys to integrate social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

2011 (BlackBerry Bold 9930):  with a much faster processor, “liquid graphics”, luxurious build and excellent battery life

2013 (BlackBerry Z10):  a fresh start for RIM with a brand-new OS based on QNX and a brand-new Web browser ——— It’s RIM’s best chance in years.


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