Bloomburg is reporting that Research in Motion is employing technology used in BMW’s and the USA Armies Crusher tank for their new Tablet PC.
RIM is not competing directly with the iPad but is making it their mission to introduce its tablet. Their strategic partnership by employing QNX technology is to gain access to software developers who create applications for QNX and build on the popularity of its BlackBerry smartphone with corporate customers. RIM plans to win over more corporate customers with a new generation tablet, with a unique operating system rather then using the new OS6 which is found in the new Blackberry Torch.
RIM’s new tablet PC will include Wi-Fi technology so it can connect to the internet wherever the wireless technology is available. It also can ride your Blackberrys 3G connection via Bluetooth. The device will not be able to connect directly to the cellular network the way some iPads can.
We reported last month that the new RIM Tablet PC will be called the Blackpad, as RIM purchased the website blackpad.com.
Bloomburg also reported that three people familiar with RIM’s plans didn’t know the specific reasons for the decision, though one person said it may have been simpler and faster to use QNX because the BlackBerry 6 includes legacy software code from older BlackBerry phones.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.