Oh, BlackBerry, time has not been kind to you. OK, make that time, Apple, Google and your many mistakes trying to compete in the smartphone market.
If you don't recall, BlackBerry used to be THE mobile gadget for business professionals. Then, most business people started bringing their personal Apple and Android consumer smartphones to work, and BlackBerry never got a compelling consumer smartphone out the door to compete. Hence its current 1% market share.
BlackBerry has had a number of "comeback" moments where it looked like it might have found an answer, but they generally flopped. It did get some positive press after the Sony hacks of 2014 when Sony executives, unable to use the compromised network, pulled BlackBerry gadgets out of storage for secure communication.
And if we're honest, secure communication has always been BlackBerry's strength. That's why the U.S. government, including President Obama, still uses BlackBerry phones.
In fact, BlackBerry is opening up a new system called BES12 that will provide security for Android, Apple and Windows Phone systems on business and government networks. However, that's not the big news I wanted to tell you.