RIM Announces BBX operating system

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19 October 2011 | 0

The BlackBerry DevCon conference kicked off on Tuesday with RIM president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis (pictured) unveiling a brand new operating system for tablets and phones: BBX OS.

The BBX OS is a hybrid of QNX, the operating system found in the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with the BlackBerry OS, which is currently found on RIM phones.

The operating system will allow developers to work with a large number of open developer libraries. RIM will seek out various open source libraries and port them so developers can work on them immediately for their BBX apps.

RIM did not reveal much about the appearance or features of BBX other than it combines the best of the phone and tablet platforms. Speakers showed a demo of a photo application app, built on a cascades framework that mimics sorting through piles of photos. The demo looked pretty cool: The photos move fluidly across the display and have a bit of a 3D effect. RIM also placed a lot of emphasis on 3D gaming and HTML5 applications on the new platform.

 

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Lazaridis did not say when the first BBX devices will be released.

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