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BlackBerry (company)

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BlackBerry (company)

Canadian telecommunication and wireless equipment company best known as the developer of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones and tablets add

Category: Business (10)

Founded in 1984.

Countries: United States (35%), (30%), Bangladesh (7%)

Main connections: BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, Jim Balsillie

Linked to: Motorola, Apple Inc., Handspring, Oracle Corporation

 

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1984

Research in Motion was founded in 1984 by Mike Lazaridis; he named the company in reference to the term "poetry in motion", which he had recently encountered in a football-related article in a newspaper add something


1995

RIM's early development was financed by Canadian institutional and venture capital investors in 1995 through a private placement in the privately held company add something


1999

In 1999, RIM introduced the BlackBerry 850 pager add something


2000

Slowing growth prompted the company to undertake a layoff of 2000 employees in the summer of 2011 add something

 

The introduction of the $ BlackBerry set the stage for future enterprise-oriented products from the company, such as the BlackBerry 957 in April 2000, the first BlackBerry smartphone add something


2001

In 2001, Research In Motion sued competitor Glenayre Electronics Inc. for patent infringement, partly in response to an earlier infringement suit filed by Glenayre against RIM. RIM sought an injunction to prevent Glenayre from infringing on RIM's "Single Mailbox Integration" patent add something


2002

In June 2002, Research In Motion filed suit against 2000 start-up and competitor Good Technology add something

 

On September 16, 2002, Research In Motion was awarded a patent pertaining to keyboard design on hand-held e-mail devices add something


2003

RIM countersued later the same day, alleging anti-competitive behaviour and that Motorola had broken a 2003 licensing agreement by refusing to extend licensing terms beyond 2008 add something

 

On July 17, 2003, while still embroiled in litigation with NTP and Good Technology, RIM filed suit against Xerox in the U.S. District of Hartford, Connecticut add something


2004

In March 2004, Good agreed to a licensing deal, thereby settling the outstanding litigation add something


2006

In February 2006, the USPTO rejected all of NTP's claims in three disputed patents add something

 

On May 1, 2006, RIM was sued by Visto for infringement of four patents add something

 

NTP has appealed the decision, and the reexamination process was still outgoing as of July 2006 add something


2007

The arrival of the first Apple iPhone in 2007 caused much fanfare and speculation that the BlackBerry might have its first serious competition add something

 

The introduction of Apple's iPhone on the AT&T network in the fall of 2007 in the United States prompted RIM to produce its first touchscreen smartphone for the competing Verizon network in 2008 the BlackBerry Storm add something

 

When the Apple iPhone was first introduced in 2007, it generated substantial media attention, with numerous media outlets calling it a "BlackBerry Killer" add something


2008

At the end of 2008, when Google Android first hit the market, RIM reported that the number of BlackBerry subscribers had increased to 21 million add something

 

In October 2008, Apple briefly passed RIM in quarterly sales when they announced they had sold 6,9 million iPhones to the 6,1 sold by RIM, comparing partially overlapping quarters between the companies add something


2009

On January 23, 2009, VeriSign entered into an agreement to acquire Certicom add something

 

On February 5, 2009, several executives and directors of Research In Motion agreed to pay the penalties to settle an investigation into the backdating of stock options add something

 

Upon the completion of this transaction, Certicom became a wholly owned subsidiary of RIM, and was de-listed from the Toronto Stock Exchange on March 25, 2009 add something

 

In June 2009, RIM announced they would acquire Dash Navigation, makers of the Dash Express add something

 

In August 2009, RIM acquired Torch Mobile, enabling the inclusion of a Webkit-based browser on their BlackBerry devices, which became the web browser in subsequent Java based operating systems and operating systems add something


2010

In the United States, the $ BlackBerry userbase peaked at approximately 21 million users in the fall of 2010 using a BlackBerry add something

 

Though Apple's iPhone sales declined to 4,3 million in the subsequent quarter Apple's iPhone began to sell more phones quarterly than the BlackBerry in 2010, brought on by the release of the iPhone 4 add something

 

On January 22, 2010, & Motorola requested that all BlackBerry smartphones be banned from being imported into the United States for infringing upon five of Motorola's patents add something

 

On March 26, 2010, the company announced its acquisition of Viigo, a Toronto-based company that developed the popular Viigo for BlackBerry applications, which aggregated news content from around the web add something

 

BlackBerry OS - In April 2010, RIM announced the BlackBerry OS 6,0 version, which was released in the third quarter of 2010

 

RIM reached an agreement with Harman International on April 12, 2010, for RIM to acquire QNX Software Systems add something

 

The companies settled out of court on June 11, 2010 add something

 

Tablet computer - The $ BlackBerry PlayBook is a tablet computer announced in September 2010 which runs the BlackBerry Tablet OS

 

TAT was acquired by the company on December 2, 2010 add something


2011

In 2011 Scoreloop was acquired by BlackBerry add something

 

Overall in 2011, the share price tumbled 80 percent from January to December, causing its market capitalization to fall below book value add something

 

RIM appeared for the first time in 2011 with a score of 1,6 out of 10 add something

 

RIM's loss of market share accelerated in 2011 due to rapidly growing sales of Samsung and HTC Android handsets; RIM's market share in the USA dropped to just 3 percent from 9 percent a year add something

 

Gist was acquired in February 2011 by BlackBerry add something

 

$ BlackBerry began to decline in use in the United States, with Apple installed base in the United States finally passing BlackBerry in April 2011 add something

 

The $ BlackBerry PlayBook was the first RIM product whose BlackBerry Tablet OS was built on QNX, launched in April 2011 as an alternative to the Apple iPad add something

 

The BlackBerry PlayBook was officially released to US and Canadian consumers on April 19, 2011 add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - $ BlackBerry 10 is the third major release of a QNX based operating system, following the release of BlackBerry Tablet OS with the BlackBerry PlayBook on April 19, 2011, and BlackBerry Tablet OS version 2,0 on February 21, 2012

 

BlackBerry PlayBook - BlackBerry PlayBook was released in Canada and USA on April 19, 2011; in the UK and the Netherlands on June 16, 2011; and was released in the United Arab Emirates on June 25, 2011

 

Tablet computer - The BlackBerry PlayBook was officially released to US and Canadian consumers on April 19, 2011

 

In June 2011, RIM announced its prediction that Q1 2011 revenue would drop for the first time in nine years, and unveiled plans to reduce its workforce add something

 

In June 2011, RIM stock fell to its lowest point since 2006 add something

 

On June 30, 2011, an alleged anonymous senior RIM employee penned an open letter to the company's senior management add something

 

On June 30, 2011, an investor push for the company to split its dual-CEO structure was unexpectedly withdrawn after an agreement was made with RIM. RIM announced that after discussions between the two groups, Northwest & Ethical Investments will withdraw its shareholder proposal before RIM's annual meeting add something

 

In July 2011, RIM acquired NewBay, an Irish-based company that is an online video, pics and tool for media networks editor add something

 

In July 2011, RIM brought on JayCut, a Sweden-based company that is an online video editor add something

 

In September 2011, the company's BlackBerry service suffered a massive outage, impacting millions of customers for several days add something

 

On October 10, 2011, RIM experienced one of the worst service outages in the company's history add something

 

The task proved to be daunting, with the company delaying the launch in December 2011 to some time in 2012 add something

 

On December 5, 2011, Research in Motion obtained an order granting its motion to dismiss plaintiff Eatoni's claims that RIM violated Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act and equivalent portions of New York's Donnelly Act. Eatoni alleged that RIM's alleged infringement of plaintiff's '317 patent constituted an antitrust violation add something

 

On December 16, 2011, RIM shares fell to their lowest price since January 2004 add something


2012

$ BlackBerry 10, a substantially updated version of BlackBerry Tablet OS intended for the next generation BlackBerry smartphones, was originally planned for release in early 2012 add something

 

In its 2012 report on progress relating to conflict minerals, the Enough Project rated RIM the sixth highest of 24 consumer electronics companies add something

 

Balsille left the Board in January 2012 and stepped down from his executive role in March 2012 add something

 

Thorsten Heins - In January 2012 he was named to succeed BlackBerry company founders Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis as President and CEO of BlackBerry

 

It was founded by Mike Lazaridis, who served as its co-CEO along with Jim Balsillie until January 22, 2012 add something

 

On January 22, 2012, Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie resigned as the CEOs of the company, handing the reigns over to executive, Thorsten Heins add something

 

On January 22, 2012, RIM announced that its CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis had stepped down as CEOs add something

 

The BlackBerry Tablet OS received a major update in February 2012, as well as numerous minor updates add something

 

Jim Balsillie resigned from the board of directors in March 2012, while former CEO Mike Lazaridis remained on the board add something

 

In the fourth quarter of fiscal year ended March 3, 2012, RIM shipped 11,1 million BlackBerry smartphones, down 21 percent from the previous quarter and it was the first decline in the quarter covering Christmas since 2006 add something

 

On March 29, 2012, the company reported its first net loss in years add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - In May 2012, the company released a prototype touch screen smartphone to $ BlackBerry developers as part of the BlackBerry 10 Jam Conference in Orlando, Florida

 

BlackBerry 10 - On 1 May 2012, Thorsten Heins, CEO of $ BlackBerry officially unveiled the BlackBerry 10 platform

 

In the quarter ended June 28, 2012, RIM announced that the number of BlackBerry subscribers had reached 78 million globally add something

 

On June 28, 2012, RIM reported its first quarter revenue for its 2013 fiscal year add something

 

On August 9, 2012, the jury's finding was overturned on appeal add something

 

Gist's services closed down on September 15, 2012 in order for the company to focus on BlackBerry 10 add something

 

On September 18, 2012, it was announced that the RIM service, Tungle add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - On November 12, 2012, Heins announced a January 30, 2013 launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system and the first smartphones running it

 

As of December 1, 2012, the company had 79 million BlackBerry users globally with only 9 million remaining in the United States add something


2013

The company announced the delay of the new BlackBerry 10 OS to the first quarter of 2013 add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - The company announced that the $ BlackBerry PlayBook tablet would receive an update to BlackBerry 10 later in 2013

 

As of January 2013, there are 67,68 million Smartphones in the United States running Android compared to 7,63 million running BlackBerry add something

 

Heins set about the task of restructuring the company, including announcing plans to lay off 5,000 employees, replacing numerous executives and delaying the new QNX based operating system for phones a second time into January 2013 add something

 

In January 2013, the new $ BlackBerry 10 platform was launched, announcing the BlackBerry_Z10 and Q10 smartphones in the process add something

 

The $ BlackBerry Z10, the first BlackBerry smartphone running BlackBerry_10, debuted worldwide in January 2013, going on sale immediately in the UK with other countries following add something

 

BlackBerry OS - 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

 

BlackBerry 10 - At the time of the release in January 2013, BlackBerry 10 operating system had 70,000 third party applications

 

After much criticism and numerous delays, RIM officially launched its new $ BlackBerry 10 operating system and two new smartphones based off the platform, the BlackBerry_Z10 and Q10, on January 30, 2013 add something

 

Alicia Keys - BlackBerry named her as its Global Creative Director at the Blackberry 10 Experience event in New York City on January 30, 2013

 

BlackBerry 10 - It was released at the BlackBerry Jam Europe 2013 event in February 2013

 

BlackBerry 10 - In end of March 2013, BlackBerry 10 has 100,000 apps, but still less of imaging favorites like Instagram and Snapseed

 

On March 28, 2013, Mike Lazardis announced his resignation from the board of directors add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - On 14th May 2013 BlackBerry OS 10,1 was launched

 

BlackBerry - BlackBerry Messenger Music will stop working from 2 June 2013

 

BlackBerry - On July 25, 2013, 250 employees from Blackberry's research and development department and new product testing were laid off add something

 

Also on August 12, 2013, foremost shareholder Prem Watsa resigned from BlackBerry's board add something

 

BlackBerry - On August 12, 2013, BlackBerry announced the intention to sell the company due to their increasingly unfavourable financial position and competition in the mobile industry

 

In September 2013, the company announced that its growing BBM instant messaging service will be available for Android and iPhone devices add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - On 13th September 2013 in Asia $ BlackBerry announced the launch of BlackBerry OS 10,2 and a new BlackBerry 10 device, the Z30, providing substantial performance increases over any previous BlackBerry 10 experience

 

BlackBerry 10 - On 13 September 2013 in Asia $ BlackBerry announced the launch of BlackBerry OS 10,2 and a new BlackBerry 10 device, the Z30, providing substantial performance increases over any previous BlackBerry 10 experience

 

On September 20, 2013, Blackberry confirmed that the company will have a massive layoff of 4,500 employees by the end of 2013 add something

 

As of September 29, 2013, the company operates a direct sales model for customers in the United States, whereby unlocked Q10 and Z10 smartphones are sold directly from the Blackberry website add something

 

On October 15, 2013, the company published an open letter in 30 publications in nine countries to reassure customers that BlackBerry continues as a reputable and reliable brand add something

 

However the company would remain open to alternative offers till November 4, 2013 add something

 

BlackBerry - Following the announcement, BlackBerry announced an acceptance of the offer provisionally but it will continue to seek other offers until November 4, 2013

 

Thorsten Heins - He stepped down from BlackBerry on November 4, 2013

 

Thorsten Heins - On November 4, 2013, BlackBerry announced that he stepped down as CEO and John S. Chen would replace him


2014

The "Quartz" publication reported that stock was up by 30 percent, compared to the same period in the previous year, while Chen expressed enthusiasm for the release of two new handsets, both with keyboards and touch screens, in the second half of 2014 add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - Subsequently $ BlackBerry stated when releasing their Q1 2014 financial results that the BlackBerry_PlayBook would not be receiving an update to BlackBerry 10, citing that the hardware would not provide a good experience of BlackBerry 10, and despite of having tried to make BlackBerry 10 work on the PlayBook they were ceasing work on the port and focusing on future devices

 

In May 2014, the low-cost Z3 BlackBerry was introduced onto the Indonesian market, where the brand had been particularly popular add something

 

Goldman Sachs estimated that, in June 2014, BlackBerry accounted for 1 percent share of smartphone sales, compared to a peak of around 20 percent in 2009 add something

 

In June 2014, CNN released an article citing BlackBerry as one of six endangered US brands add something

 

BlackBerry - In July 2014, Blackberry revealed Blackberry Assistant, a new feature for BlackBerry OS 10,3, and BlackBerry Passport hardware

 

BlackBerry - In December 2014, BlackBerry and NantHealth, a healthcare-focused data provider, launched a secure cancer genome browser, giving doctors the ability to access patients' genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone

 

BlackBerry - On December 17, 2014, the BlackBerry Classic was introduced, with a keyboard which many consumers preferred over the touch screen


2015

The company issued its results for the first quarter of the 2015 fiscal year in a news release on June 19, 2014 and presented a more stable company with greater potential for profitability in the future add something

 

With the release of its financial results for the first fiscal quarter of 2015 in June 2014, Chen presented a more stable company that had incurred a lower amount of loss than previous quarters add something

 

WatchDox a Israel based company that specialised in securing document access on a cloud bases was acquired in April 2015 add something

 

And on July 21, 2015, BlackBerry announced another layoff, but not mentioned how many employees add something

 

In September 2015, BlackBerry announced the Priv, a handset running Android 5,1 add something

 

BlackBerry - BlackBerry - On 23 September 2015, Blackberry is set to open its first pop-up store in Frankfurt, Germany

 

BlackBerry 10 - BlackBerry - BlackBerry announced on October 26, 2015 that there are no plans to update APIs, SDKs or runtimes of the operating system


2016

BlackBerry 10 - In April, 2016 $ BlackBerry announced that they will no longer release new BlackBerry 10 devices to solely focus on Google Android devices

 

BlackBerry - Due to continous reducing of BlackBerry users, so in February 2016 the Blackberry Headquarter in Waterloo, Canada slashed 35 percent of its workforce

 

On April 1, 2016 BlackBerry reported that it sold 600,000 phones in its fiscal fourth quarter, amid expectations of 750-800,000 handset sales for the first full quarter of reporting since the Priv's release add something

 

On July 26, 2016 a new, low-priced model with only an on-screen keyboard was introduced, the unusually slim DTEK50, powered by the latest version of Android and featuring a 5,2-inch full high-definition display add something

 

On September 28, 2016, BlackBerry announced that it would cease in-house hardware development, and delegate these roles to third-party partners in order to focus more on its software development add something

 

BlackBerry - BlackBerry - On September 28, 2016, Blackberry announced it will stop designing its own phones

 

BlackBerry - On October 25, 2016, BlackBerry released the BlackBerry DTEK60, the second device in the DTEK series

 

On December 15, 2016, BlackBerry announced that it had reached a long-term deal with TCL to continue producing BlackBerry-branded smartphones for sale outside of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, and Sri Lanka add something


2017

At MWC Barcelona 2017, TCL announced the BlackBerry KEYone add something

 

Also in February 2017, analyst firm 451 Research released a report on BlackBerry's improved financial position and product focus add something

 

This partnership was followed by an agreement with Optiemus Infracom on February 6, 2017 to produce devices throughout India and neighboring markets including Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh add something

 

BlackBerry - On February 7, 2017, Blackberry released the BBM Enterprise SDK, a "Communications Platform as a Service" kit that allows developers to incorporate BBM Enterprise's messaging capabilities into their own applications add something

 

On February 7, 2017, BlackBerry announced the creation of the BBM Enterprise SDK, a Communication-Platform-as-a-Service development tool add something

 

It was released to BlackBerry's partners on February 21, 2017, and officially launched on June 12, 2017 add something

 

BlackBerry - In March 2017, BB Merah Putih announced the BlackBerry Aurora, an Indonesian-made and sold device, running an operating system based on Android 7,0 out of the box

 

In April 2017, BlackBerry's cybersecurity division partnered with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, a global insurance and reinsurance provider add something

 

On May 17, 2017, BlackBerry released AtHoc Account to help businesses more easily keep track of their staff in an emergency add something

 

On May 26, 2017, BlackBerry announced that it had reached an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated resolving all amounts payable in connection with the interim arbitration decision announced on April 12, 2017 add something

 

BlackBerry - On May 26, 2017, BlackBerry announced that it had reached an agreement with Qualcomm Incorporated resolving all amounts payable in connection with the interim arbitration decision announced on April 12, 2017

 

As of August 2017, the company had 4,044 employees add something

 

BlackBerry 10 - On 15 December 2017, $ BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen announced that there will be at least two years of support for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry_OS devices

 

BlackBerry 10 - On December 15, 2017, $ BlackBerry announced that there will be at least another two years of support for BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry_OS devices


2018

BlackBerry - In March 2018, it was announced that BlackBerry will be working with Jaguar Land Rover to develop software for the car manufacturer's vehicles

 

BlackBerry - On Tuesday, March 8, 2018, Blackberry Limited sued Facebook Inc. in federal court in Los Angeles add something

 

BlackBerry - In June 2018, BlackBerry in partnership with TCL Mobile and Optiemus Infracom launched the KEY2 at a global launch in New York

 

BlackBerry - The BlackBerry Key2 was officially announced on June 7, 2018

 

BlackBerry - In August 2018, After the launch of BlackBerry KEY2, Optiemus Infracom has announced the launch of Evolve and Evolve X smartphones for the Indian market sold exclusively on Amazon India


2019

BlackBerry 10 - BlackBerry - BlackBerry will end the support for the operating system at the end of 2019