RIM unveils its new operating system, BBX, designed for cross-platform app developers

RIM unveils its new operating system, BBX, designed for cross-platform app developers

Research In Motion has announced BBX, the next operating system for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. Attempting to gain some ground in the face of fierce competition from Apple and Google, it will also allow Android apps to run on BlackBerry devices.

BBX will be based on QNX, the current operating system found on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Similar to Apple’s iOS and the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating systems, BBX will work on BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook. BBX promises to combine the best of the BlackBerry and QNX platforms to “connect people, devices, content and services,” according to RIM.

Also announced were new tools to help developers build BlackBerry applications, including WebWorks for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets and a native software development kit (SDK) for the BlackBerry Playbook. The SDK will feature Cascades, a rich user interface framework which will make it easy to build native applications with innovative user interfaces for the current BlackBerry PlayBook and future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.


 
“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 Mike Lazaridis, RIM co-CEO.