October 19, 2011- Research in Motion, the Canada-based smartphone maker, announced BBX as the new operating system for its tablets and phones. The new system will be based on QNX, which is the PlayBook tablet’s operating system. This new operating system will make RIM products equal to Apple and Google where all products they produce will use the same operating system.
RIM announced the new system at the Blackberry DevCon Americas convention, its own convention where it promotes its new products and ideas. The new system will combine the best of the current QNX platform with the best of the current platform on Blackberry, said RIM. The current operating system on Blackberry phones is OS 7, which has increased touch screen dedicated controls. The new BBX will focus on the use of touch input where the OS 7 used it as a feature.
The long awaited use of apps from Android will also be ushered in with the new BBX system. The system will also run BBX apps, HTLM5 apps and Adobe AIR software apps. RIM also said that anything that was developed for QNX would be compatible with the new BBX.
There is still no date as to when the first BBX operated smartphones will be available. However, consumers have not taken to the tablet run by BBX launched back in March.