Apple's success opened the door for another large, deep-pocketed competitor: Google, with the acquisition and development of Android.
The past year has been especially hard on the once-innovative RIM, but it may be at a turning point. Last April, Mike Lazaridis sat in a BBC studio, holding his company's future in his hands: a svelte seven-inch tablet, black, with the word "Black Berry" emblazoned across its front. The company was Research In Motion, the Canadian firm whose Black Berry virtually created the smartphone market.
Success had come almost naturally to the company, until five years ago, when Apple released the first i Phone and upended RIM's long-held strategy of appealing primarily to email-addicted professionals.
Apple expanded the market by building a smartphone not just for business people, but for the great mass of well-heeled, tech-hungry consumers.
Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong) tries to heal his heart after losing his wife four years ago.
Editor's note: With the now-renamed Black Berry back in the news for all the wrong reasons, from large layoffs to an investment deal that has a new CEO stepping in, now's a good time to revisit our take on the smartphone pioneer's rise and fall.
Published in early 2012, this story covers the company's history right up to the launch of its latest, long-awaited operating system.Research In Motion, whose Black Berry phones pioneered wireless email, no longer holds the commanding heights in the smartphone market.A drama about the careers and love lives of urban professionals.It will tell the story of four men in their forties as they go through love, breakup, success and failure.Kim Do Jin (Jang Dong Gun), an architect with a scathing tongue have romantic relationship with strict high school teacher Seo Yi Soo (Kim Ha Neul), who moonlights as an umpire at amateur baseball games.Im Tae San (Kim Soo Ro) is dating a cold-hearted woman (Yoon Se Ah) but wonders if there is someone else out there for him.