Research in Motion has cut the price of its QNX-powered BlackBerry PlayBook tablet for the second time since launch.The 16GB Wi-Fi only variant of the device is now available for £169 from Carphone Warehouse, PC World and other Dixons Store Group (DSG) outlets, such as Currys.
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Research In Motion has given games developers tools to help them code for the BlackBerry Tablet operating system.The company released a beta version of a native software development kit (SDK) for the PlayBook, currently the only slate to run the QNX-based BlackBerry Tablet OS, on Wednesday.
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.
You only really get to know a piece of technology when you spend some time with it — especially one as personal and as different from your usual way of working as a tablet. It's been nearly a month since I first started using a BlackBerry PlayBook, and it's time for a more considered look at RIM's approach to the tablet form factor — and at the operating system that promises to be the future of its smartphones as well as powering all its tablet devices, QNX.
Sometimes clichés say a lot, and so, RIM's next BlackBerry is an evolution, not a revolution. That could be a problem for the Canadian smartphone giant, as many had expected it to be a phone based on the PlayBook tablet running QNX.
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.
Cupertino-based Apple's iOS will continue to be the top media tablet platform through to 2015, fending off rival OS-es such as Google's Android and RIM's QNX, finds new report.
Gartner projects that Apple's iOS will hold 47 per cent of the tablet operating system market in 2015, with Android at 38.6 per cent. RIM's QNX will have a respectable 10 per cent of the tablet market in 2015. The big assumption for Gartner over the next 4 years: Microsoft will have no tablet answer.
RIM's QNX operating system, which runs at the core of their PlayBook tablet will be able to run Android applications. But will that undermine native development for the aspiring OS platform?
RIM's Playbook, the "BlackBerry Tablet", is one of the most anticipated devices of 2011. Announced at RIM's developer event last September, it's a dual core ARM device with a 7" screen, running the QNX micro-kernel real-time OS.
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.
It's 9.7mm thick, it's got a 7" screen and yes - it's a tablet that runs on QNX and connects to your BlackBerry by Bluetooth.
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.
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