As I watched the BlackBerry DevCon keynote yesterday one of the things that I noticed was that the BlackBerry that we know and love today really wasn’t mentioned all that much. Presenter after presenter talked about what they were doing in BBX and almost every demonstration was of some app or gaming engine that would run in BBX.
QNX BlackBerry OS
This morning at the BlackBerry DevCon kickoff, Research in Motion founder and co-CEO, Mike Lazaridus, officially announced BlackBerry BBX, the next generation mobile platform for both BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry tablets.
Development environments supported by the BBX platform include HTML5 with BlackBerry® WebWorks™, Adobe® AIR®, Native C/C++, and the BlackBerry® Runtime for Android™ Apps. Apps built today for the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet will also run on BBX.
BlackBerry DevCon, Research in Motion’s biggest developer conference of the year, kicks off today, October 18th, in San Francisco. One of the big announcements at DevCon will be BBX, the next-generation, QNX based BlackBerry operating system that RIM co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, said will leapfrog the competition. DevCon Starts at 8:30 a.m. PST so we expect a bunch of press releases to start coming out at any time.
BlackBerry DevCon 2011 kicks of tomorrow and it is expected the Research in Motion will officially unveil BBX, the QNX based next-generation BlackBerry operating system that Research in Motion’s future hinges on. RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie made a bold statement regarding BBX claiming that RIM has “leapfrogged” the competition…
Word on the street is that Research in Motion is going to re-brand the QNX BlackBerry OS to BlackBerry X, or, BBX for short, on upcoming QNX powered BlackBerry Superphones later this month at BlackBerry DevCon.
We’ve now confirmed with multiple sources that RIM is set to unveil a new name for their QNX-based BlackBerry platform at BlackBerry DevCon this month. And the name is…BlackBerry Xor BBX for short.
Earlier today we showed you the video of Research in Motion’s founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis giving a live demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook at the Dive Into Mobile conference yesterday evening. What may even be of more interest, however, are some of the comments he made during his time on stage with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg from All Things Digital…
Of particular note were Lazaridis’s comment’s on BlackBerry 6. When asked about the latest incarnation of the BlackBerry OS, Lazaridis had this to say… “It really is the foundation of us going forward on the BlackBerry”.
As the co-CEO of Research in Motion, unless RIM isn’t looking to sell another BlackBerry device between now and the time a QNX OS based BlackBerry hits the shelves, Lazaridis really couldn’t have said much else. If he had, much like when Microsoft announced Windows Phone 7 and their Win Mo 6.5 sales all but completely came to screeching halt, no one would buy a new BlackBerry device if they new RIM was putting all there efforts into a new OS.
Let’s just hope that BlackBerry 6 is the foundation of BlackBerry operating systems going forward for no longer than the time it takes a hardware manufacture to squeeze a dual core processor into a phone small enough to fit into my front pants pocket…. RIM needs a QNX powered BlackBerry ASAP…
Mike Lazaridis gives a 6 minute hands-on demo of the the BlackBerry PlayBook at All Things Digital’s Dive InTo Mobile Conference. The PlayBook looks smooth, fast, and, if enough developers create engaging applications for it, like it could be a hit once its released next year.
I love how Mike just pulled his PlayBook out of his jacket pocket. Everyone that is saying that a 7-inch tablet is just too small is flat out wrong. My guess is that most of them will come around once Apple makes it seem like 7-inch tablets was their idea, but, I digress… It looks like the PlayBook will eventually come in other sizes as well…
[Via All Things D]
Research in Motion is renaming Wireless Enterprise Symposium Conference (WES), its biggest conference of the year, to something a bit more reflective of its current focus on the QNX BlackBerry Operating System as well as broadening the scope of the even beyond the enterprise. BGR is reporting that they been informed of the name change by multiple sources, although, the new name of the convention is still unknown.
Back at the end of September at the BlackBerry Developer’s Conference, Research in Motion confirmed a rumor started by a company VP stating that QNX, the operating system that will make it’s RIM debut on the BlackBerry Playbook, would eventually replace the BlackBerry OS on BlackBerry devices. The big question in everyone’s mind is how long it will take for this to become the case, and, and if RIM will release a new wave a BlackBerry devices that run possibly an update to BlackBerry 6, or, maybe even BlackBerry 7.
BlackBerry 6 is really just hitting the scene
BlackBerry 6 is really just starting to get its legs under it. It is now offered out of the box on the BlackBerry Torch, the BlackBerry Style, and the BlackBerry Bold 9780 and we know that the BlackBerry Bold 9650, Bold 9700, Curve 3G, and Pearl 3G will eventually be upgradable to BlackBerry 6. One would have to imagine that any unknown, but, soon to be released BlackBerry devices would also run BlackBerry 6, however, the only real rumor of a new BlackBerry anywhere close to being released is the BlackBerry Storm 9570, for which there are as many rumors stating that this device has been scrapped as there are stating that it is coming.
A better question to ask
I can’t fathom that there is a QNX based BlackBerry coming anytime before we are well in to the second half of 2011, and, thus, it seems likely that there will be new BlackBerry devices out before then. Maybe a better question to ask is if the next wave of BlackBerry devices will be seen as lame ducks until a QNX based lineup hits the shelves?