RIM announces new BBX operating system

Research in Motion is trying to generate a positive spin on things following a truly horrible week for the company last week. Today at RIM's DevCon event, company executives have officially announced its new operating system, which it is calling BBX. News.com reports that according to RIM's co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, the new BBX platform will combine the best features of its long running Blackberry mobile operating system with QNX, which RIM used as the basis for its recent Playbook tablet device.

The DevCon keynote began with Lazaridis taking the stage to again apologize for the outages that affected Blackberry owners last week. Some users were unable to access email, text messaging or web browsing features on their Blackberry smartphone for as long as three days. RIM blamed the problems on the hardware failure in its network infrastructure. Lazaridia said, "The worldwide outages we experienced this week were unfortunate." It remains to be seen if the outages will cause a number of current Blackberry users to think about ditching their smartphone for a competitor like an iPhone or an Android-based device.

Engadget further reports that BBX has also been certified as POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface for Unix) which should open up BBX to be used by more developers. It will give app creators over 100 open source libraries to use with the operating system. During the company's keynote address RIM also announced its full support behind HTML5 which it says is the "obvious choice for modern application development."

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QNX has been all but dead for years now. RIM is making a long term business decision based on the fact that the makers of QNX are just down the street.

While that may be convenient, it was NOT the way to go. There are already too many phone ecosystems and Windows is coming with a vengeance very soon now.

That means people will be able to run REAL applications (instead of mini widget type apps) very soon now. And that's going to change everything for tablets (replacing notebooks/laptops and phones).

I love my Blackberry but QNX has got a lot of water to carry and they've never been up to it in the past.

excalpius said,
There are already too many phone ecosystems and Windows is coming with a vengeance very soon now.

It will have as much vengeance as the zune.. I have to say I agree with QNX seeming a bit of a stretch though. if it plays happily with Android apps there should be no problems

Yay, the HTML5 apps that have been made to appear more native than they actually are all the companies are into now! Wonder if this'll get here faster than Boot 2 Gecko, which is kinda funny that I was actually just thinking about right now. (For those who don't know, Boot 2 Gecko is Mozilla's attempt at making a mobile cloud OS.)

I seriously hope RIM can make BBX work on their handheld and tablet devices. They are a decent company with very good talent, but they have been very slow in keeping up with Apple, Google, and Microsoft lately ... and it's looking more and more like Google or Microsoft will buy out RIM in the near future ... primarily for their patents but also for the talent and experience of RIM's workforce.

so if you are a poor ****** who got shafted when you bought the Torch that couldn't be upgraded OS6 to OS7 who then went and bought a Torch2 that runs OS7, you are about to get shafted again when they abandon OS upgrades and start working on the Torch3 which will run BBX...

Three years, three different phones that can't be upgraded and therefore abandoned... what a way to screw your customers

I want to get my hands on this soon.

This is the moment for RIM. If they screwed this up, it's over - especially after last week, too many people are leaving the platform. If this doesn't, at the *very least,* make them able to retain most of their current user base, the company will either be acquired or fall into oblivion. And as a Canadian, that scares me.

Simon said,
as a Canadian, that scares me.

Why?
I realize RIM is Canadian, but they're not doing so well on the global market. Would you be scared of every other Canadian company who cannot compete in the global villiage?

Were you scared for Corel?

Are you scared for PotashCorp, who are now under direct competition from the introduction by BHP Billiton into the Canadian mining ecosystem?

Where does the fear end?

I chose not to fear, but to understand, and operate accordingly.

I would hate to see a Canadiancompany that was once quite successful have to give up. It would result in a loss of jobs, a loss of Canadian innovation (they have a lot of patents), and just sort of damage my pride in the Canadian tech industry - not to mention my confidence in it.

Don't get me wrong: right now, I don't recommend BlackBerry products to people. They simply aren't as good as what you can get from their competitors. But tha Canadian pride in me is still attached to this company. And the part of me that always roots for the underdog would also love to see a comeback here.

I know how unlikely it is. But I still want it to happen.

yowan said,
Can't they just use Android?

They have an Android Player which runs Android apps natively.
They also have a kickass native SDK (which Android doesn't have), a very fluid Flash (which Android doesn't have - makes me cry :'( ) and Blackberry PIM suite.

Will BBX run on the Playbook too? Or will BB have 2 OS? Like GingerBread and Honeycomb for Android.... (until Ice Cream Sandwich)...

TruckWEB said,
Will BBX run on the Playbook too? Or will BB have 2 OS? Like GingerBread and Honeycomb for Android.... (until Ice Cream Sandwich)...

Bbx is BBos (os from phones) and QNX (os from playbook) combined. It's like Ice Cream Sandwich of blackberry.
(I hope I'm not wrong.)

Adrian0E said,

Bbx is BBos (os from phones) and QNX (os from playbook) combined. It's like Ice Cream Sandwich of blackberry.
(I hope I'm not wrong.)

Actually, BBX is the operating system already on Playbook.
They are porting the PIM suite from BBOS (phones) but the underlying OS is QNX (BBX).

cralias said,
If there's anything this beautiful world needs, it's moar operating systems. /s
GTFO, Snobberry.

Yeah consumer choice is horrible isn't it!

deep1234 said,
If they provide bbm for iPhone, android and wp7. This will generate alot of money for them.

Or would it just make it easier for people to switch?

I'm not very knowledgeable on the benefits of BBM. Secure messaging perhaps? I'm curious because I'd like to know the differences between BBM and something like, iMessage or KiK.

n3verm0re said,
I'm not very knowledgeable on the benefits of BBM. Secure messaging perhaps? I'm curious because I'd like to know the differences between BBM and something like, iMessage or KiK.

BBM was first, and offers notifications similiar to email as to if the message was recieved and read.

I guess people like to know when they're being ignored (aka: read, but no reply).
I'm not familiar with iMessage or KiK, but this is the advantage that RIM have promoted over other PC/web based messaging systems (ICQ/AIM/Yahoo/WLM).

Personally I prefer WLM/FBChat integrated into my conversation threads with people, so I don't need these 'stand-alone' solutions. This way I see SMS+FB+WLM as a single conversations instead of forcing my contacts into the same phone as I have in order to converse.

dotf said,

BBM was first, and offers notifications similiar to email as to if the message was recieved and read.

I guess people like to know when they're being ignored (aka: read, but no reply).
I'm not familiar with iMessage or KiK, but this is the advantage that RIM have promoted over other PC/web based messaging systems (ICQ/AIM/Yahoo/WLM).

Personally I prefer WLM/FBChat integrated into my conversation threads with people, so I don't need these 'stand-alone' solutions. This way I see SMS+FB+WLM as a single conversations instead of forcing my contacts into the same phone as I have in order to converse.

I wont say RIM was first. MS offered a couple in-house messenging clients for quite some time. One specifically to Windows NT. The Messenger Client has been arounf doe a long time, tho not related to the consumer versions we are more familiar with. Exchange 4.0 also had a client similar to BBM but worked on intranets. I would say RIM was likely first to provide in at a mass level tho for a public offering.

TechieXP said,
......

RIM was the first to offer the experience to phones.

and none of Microsoft's early attempts would tell the sender if the recipient had 'read' the IM.