RIM revealed a new Blackberry OS (Operating System) – BBX, yeah you heard that right. In the race of existing operating systems iOS, android, symbian anna os for smartphones and tablets, here comes a new entry. Research In Motion showed the world Blackberry BBX, the next-generation operating system for its smartphones and tablets, at an annual conference for software developers in San Francisco.
RIM co-chief executive officer Mike Lazaridis said the new platform — a combination of BlackBerry and QNX software — will power all of RIM’s future BlackBerry smartphones and PlayBook tablets.
We’re bringing the power of HTML5 to the BlackBerry platform, said Lazaridis, who also highlighted the open-source nature of the software, intended to woo developers by making it easier to create and collaborate on applications.
The company promised that the new platform would deliver advanced graphics, deep integration between apps, always-on “push” services, and premium security features.
The BBX operating system will give RIM’s future smartphones the ability to run Android software applications, such as games, business and medical apps. The Android operating system, developed by Google Inc. is used on a variety of phones, smartphones and tablets made by numerous manufacturers.
We’re sensitive to what our developers want, said Lazardis, who took to the stage alongside various developers to explain the new operating system’s features with its PlayBook tablet. The graphics were showcased with a heavy emphasis on an improved gaming experience.
“At DevCon today, we’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform,”said Lazaridis.
With its own more powerful BBX operating system, Lazaridis said users will be able to seamlessly perform multiple tasks at the same time, such as watching a video in high-definition while writing emails.
BBX will support 2D and 3D gaming, with RIM demonstrating Raging Thunder and Asphalt 6, along with Lara Croft: Guardian of Light and other titles, running on the platform. Developers will be able to code using regular C++ and then bring their apps to BBX using RIM’s developer toolkit. Any WebWorks and HTML5 apps developed for current BlackBerry devices will also work on BBX, as well as software developed using any of the tools available today for the PlayBook, including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5. Finally, there’ll be support for the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, on both tablets and future RIM smartphones.
The new BlackBerry smartphones are expected to be more like mobile computers when they’re launched early next year.