Research in Motion, a Canadian company provided a proprietary operating system for BlackBerry.
The operating system provides support for Java MIDP 1.0 and WAP 1.2.
The current version supports Novell Group Wise and Lotus Notes.
Third-party software can be developed using BlackBerry APIs as well, with certain restriction functionality must be signed by RIM digitally, so that it can be associated to a developer account.
BlackBerry is nothing but a handheld wireless device that is just like a two way pager.
It supports the features like mobile telephone, push e-mail, text messaging, web browsing, internet faxing.
In addition to these, all types of wireless information services and multi-touch interfaces are also included.
Early BlackBerry devices used Interl-80386 processors but Intel XScale 624 MHz CPUs are used in the latest BlackBerry 9000 series.
Earlier, BlackBerry 8000 series with Pearl was based on the 312 MHz ARM XScale ARMv5TE PAXA900. BlackBerry 8707 was based on 80 MHz Qualcomm 3250 chipset, and the device was often slower for downloading and render the web pages over 3G than the 8700 was over EDGE networks.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server: The BlackBerry handhelds are integrated into the e-mail system of the organization through software BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The BES versions are available for MS Exchange, Novell GroupWise and Lotus Domino. A connector was made by Google for BES for making BES available for Google Apps. A new feature is added which enables to track the current location of an individual through trailateration.
BES provides handhelds with the connectivity of TCP/IP which can be accessed through a component known as “Mobile Data Service - Connection Service - MDS-CS. This allows the development of custom application development using data streams on BlackBerry devices which are based on the Sun JME platform.
BES also provides network security in the form of Triple DES or AES encryption standard of all data including e-mail and MDS traffic, which travels between the BlackBerry hand held devices and a BES.
The handheld device is used as a network device, which always connected to the data account of the user via redirector software. The software is installed on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The communication between the software, BE Server and the hand held device's software is always a two-way street. BES immediately updates the mobile device or the email or the calendar account, whenever a change in email account occurs.
The push technology of BlackBerry keeps the device instantly in “synch” without any effort by the user.
The BlackBerry Storm2 has the following features:
More memory , upto 32GB micro SD card
3.2 MP camera with Wi-Fi
Major change - Mechanical Button keyboard replacement with fully electronic key board - screen will not be shifted while typing
Support for full-width keyboard while in landscape mode.
The standard features of a BlackBerry are calendar, notes, calculator, tasks, alarm clock and few games.
In addition to the standard features, BlackBerry also has a feature for downloading third party applications.
Most of the BlackBerry handhelds are capable of using Bluetooth, which allows for using wireless Bluetooth headsets for handling telephone calls.
Benefits for organizations
The BlackBerry Connect technology allows the organizations for standardizing BlackBerry platform and leverages their existing BlackBerry solution investments. The employees' productivity and performance can also be boosted by providing them the mobile access for their emails and calendars.
Benefits for IT
IT departments are provided with a solution that is easy to utilize, manage and deploy by using BlackBerry Connect technology. Strict requirements for security and manageability will be satisfied and several devices can be connected to the BlackBerry Platform.
The primary alternative to BlackBerry Enterprise Server is BlackBerry Internet Service. The development of this service is aimed at the average consumer rather than for the business consumer. POP3 and IMAP integration are allowed by these services for the personal user. It allows upto 10 e-mail accounts could be accessed including popular emails Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL. MySpace, Facebook and MSN can also be accessed by using special bundles.
Latest BlackBerry devices are using proprietary BlackBerry Messenger for sending and receiving instant messages through BlackBerry PIN or barcode scan. This is a BlackBerry Alliance program for the partners who work under contract with RIM for creating new BlackBerry applications.
1. Email: BlackBerry provides email accessing facility with its wireless extension. Normal email activities can be performed without hassles. It remains continuously connected to the wireless network which enables the user to access email. The mail will appear on the device without retrieving it.
2. Phone: The BlackBerry hand held has all the features of a mobile. In addition it has digital walkie-talkie, SIP based IP telephony and also provides headsets with comfort, clarity and convenience.
3. Wireless Internet: The hand held phone have special features which enables to browse the internet by clicking and scroll track wheel for navigating the pages and types the URLs by using QWERTY keyboards.
4. Tethered Modem: Some of the BlackBerry hand held devices are available with features like speedy wireless services with fast email and browsing experiences. This device acts as a tethered modem without carrying a wireless PC card.
5. Organizer: The mobile is provided with functionality regarding day to day activities.
6. SMS: Blackberry devices support the facility of sending and receiving text messages.
7. Instant Messaging: This feature helps the user for contacting people once they are connected to the wireless network.
8. Corporate Data Access: Business goals can be achieved with access to the corporate data, by using wireless connectivity technology.
9. Paging: Some of the BlackBerry models provide paging services to the BlackBerry users who do not have an email account.