RIM’S QNX operating system had brought another dimension to the OS scene currently prevalent in the mobile computing segment, with the other dominant players being Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android. However, the QNX in a tablet environment fared poorly, something that is all too evident in the dismal sales figure of the PlayBook tablet. However, the good news is that there is a fresh new development in this field! The BBX operating system will be taking things from the QNX OS. The latest BBX is not just about being a step or two ahead of the the QNX, but its also acts as the culmination of all of RIM’s platforms so far.
So what are the key aspects of the new BlackBerry OS? Well, security has always been the hallmark of all things RIM and the BBX is no exception. As proof, BBX is compliant with Security Certification EAL4+, IEE POSIX certification, and IEC 61508 Safety (SIL3). RIM subsidiary The Astonishing Tribe, or just TAT, has come up with a new Cascades UI Framework which promises to be a visual treat while being all about ease of use.
With BBX, there are what RIM calls the “Super Apps,” something that according to RIM “will allow for advanced capabilities such as deeper integration between apps, push services, social integration and more.”
For the avid gamers, BBX supports both 2D and 3D gaming while those keen to develop apps for the PlayBook or the new gen BlackBerry smartphones can do so using regular C++ programing language and submit them using RIM’s developer toolkit. BBX will also support all WebWorks and HTML5 apps currently available for BlackBerry devices, including the PlayBook tablet. Further, the BBX will have the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps covered when it becomes available.
So while many have been busy writing off the PlayBook tablet along with BlackBerry smartphones, more so after the recent outage, it seems there are interesting times ahead for RIM.