Days after the RIM’s Blackberry Services came back online after a three-day outage, the embattled smartphone manufacturer unveiled their new QNX powered Blackberry OS called “BBX” at a developer’s event in San Francisco.
“BBX is our next-gen platform,” said RIM’s co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. “It combines the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX to connect, people, content, and services.”
According to Lazaridis, RIM’s most recent release of Blackberry handsets will be the last to run a non-BBX operating system. Any future RIM release – be it smartphone or tablet will run BBX.
In an email statement to Hardware Canucks, RIM said that BBX would support applications using any of the frameworks that are available today for the Blackberry Playbook such as Native SDK, Adobe Air 3.0/Flash, Webworks/HTML5, as well as the Blackberry Runtime for Android Apps. BBX, however, will not support anything written in Java.
RIM did not provide a release date for BBX during the keynote, nor did the company display prototype versions of devices running the operating system for developers to sample.
Lazaridis said during his speech RIM was still committed to their Playbook tablet. “The Playbook is being used on trains, planes, automobiles all over the world,” claimed Lazaridis. “[With BBX] We’ve added open source to be able to write really great native applications. And with HTML 5, we’re intercepting the future. Almost 75 percent of our developers say they plan to do something with HTML 5.”
RIM shipped 200,000 Playbooks in Q2 2011. Apple, in comparison, shipped 9.3 million of their iPad2 tablets according to IDC.
“RIM is transforming the tablet experience,” Lazaridis insisted.