As promised, RIM has handed out prototype Dev Alpha BlackBerry 10 test devices and new SDKs to developers at its BlackBerry Jam event, as part of its transition to the QNX-powered OS
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Is RIM is rushing its QNX-based handsets to market so they can launch at CES in January and the Mobile World Congress in February?
RIM's next-gen BlackBerry smartphone will be powered by the same QNX OS as its PlayBook tablet, but may only have a single-core CPU and lack BES support out-of-box.
RIM's QNX-based superphone appears to be on track for the first quarter of 2012. Will that news just freeze sales of BlackBerry 7 phones?
RIM will go from famine to feast with new product launches. However, RIM will now have BlackBerry OS 7 devices dangerously close to QNX superphones.
RIM software CTO David Yach discusses a single BlackBerry OS that works on two very different devices, and the tie-up with Bing that is about more than search
RIM showed off what consumers see as the missing pieces for the PlayBook at its BlackBerry World conference today; email that's not in a Web page or coming over Bridge from a BlackBerry and BlackBerry apps (and indeed Android apps) running on the tablet. Both of those run in what RIM calls 'players' - Java environments that run on QNX - and they're both still under development; the Android player doesn't support multi-tasking yet although that's the aim.
RIM has purchased 3D user interface specialist The Astonishing Tribe for an undisclosed sum, the company announced on its blog on Thursday.RIM says that it will put TAT's expertise to use on its upcoming BlackBerry smartphones and tablet devices running on the BlackBerry 6 and QNX platforms.
RIM duly unveiled its PlayBook (aka BlackPad) wireless tablet this week, as reported here, without quite explaining why anyone would buy it. However, it does take the first step towards establishing QNX as the new BlackBerry operating system for smartphones as well as tablets, as I said last week.
Rumours of a RIM BlackPad tablet have been floating around for a couple of months, and the device could be unveiled at a developers' conference in San Francisco on Monday. The Wall Street Journal reports, in RIM Readies Its Answer to iPad, that the BlackPad will have a 7-inch screen and run the QNX operating system – RIM bought the company.
Research in Motion is making a play for the automotive market, announcing today its acquisition of QNX Software Systems from Harman International. QNX brings an open platform operating system to the game and RIM is looking to advance it in the automotive world.
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