Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to honor the memory of our friend, Blackberry.
Born on 18th September 1996 as the Inter@ctive Pager 900, three years later he changed his name to the one we all came to know him by; Blackberry. It was hoped that a last minute transfusion of Android OS, with the launch of the DTEK50 in August this year, would be enough to save BlackBerry but it was not to be. Following a long battle with relevance, he was called home to rest on 28th September 2016, aged 20.
BlackBerry started off life as a humble two- way pager, and was one of the first devices to enable peer-to-peer messaging. In 1998, he pioneered the full keyboard design with the RIM 950 Wireless Handheld, and the appearance of his patented angled keys were said to look like a blackberry.
BlackBerry enjoyed his greatest success from 2006 to 2012, when he was spotted mingling with a string of high profile celebrities including Barack Obama, David Beckham and Alicia Keys. Alas, after many of those same celebrities were later seen cozying up to iPhone, BlackBerry fell into a slump. Trying to win back his former loves, BlackBerry ditched his signature look and tried to go keyboard-less with the Z10 in 2013, but his efforts were in vain.
BlackBerry is survived by his son BlackBerry Messenger, who is currently enjoying life as a successful app in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.