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RIM Confirms Next-generation BBX OS for BlackBerry

By - Source: Engadget | B 6 comments

Are you ready for the next generation of BlackBerry?

RIM might last week have faced the worst service outage in company history, but the Waterloo-based phone manufacturer isn't going to dwell on the past. While last week saw Mike Lazaridis apologizing on camera for the service disruptions, today, the co-CEO was busy unveiling BBX, the next generation of BlackBerry OS.

Similar to the way Google's Ice Cream Sandwich is a mash-up of Gingerbread and Honeycomb, RIM says BBX is a combination of the old BlackBerry OS and QNX, the operating system RIM acquired last year and is now powering the PlayBook tablet.

The BBX platform will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for HTML5 and native developers. According to RIM, BBX will also support apps developed using any of the tools already available for the PlayBook (including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps) on future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.

BlackBerry users can also look forward to a new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for that will provide smooth 3D animations and deep integration with BBM and Push services. RIM says that a beta version will be available before the end of fall.

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    Anonymous , October 18, 2011 11:31 PM
    go rim, thats the spirit, keep going and developing, don't let the giant $$$ kick you out of the game !!
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    visa , October 19, 2011 12:17 AM
    Hopefully RIM can hang on because it's good to have choices. Just don't see how it's going to compete with iPhone and Droid. Activesync doesn't require extra software to effectively work with corporate email. BIS is a half-assed option.
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    eddieroolz , October 19, 2011 3:03 AM
    A single, unified platform is the best way to make things simple for developers, as we already have tens of platforms to code for. So BBX is a good step.
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    Anonymous , October 19, 2011 3:12 AM
    RIMM will not exist in 3 years. Thumbs down all you want, you know I'm right.
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    sid_nag , October 19, 2011 3:29 AM
    bye_rimmRIMM will not exist in 3 years. Thumbs down all you want, you know I'm right.

    Maybe you wont exist to see RIM exist ;-)

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    JustPlainJef , October 19, 2011 9:13 AM
    bye_rimmRIMM will not exist in 3 years. Thumbs down all you want, you know I'm right.

    [sarcasm] You're so right you can't even spell the company's name correctly... [/sarcasm]
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