AAPL Stock: 117.81 ( -0.22 )

Printed from

RIM: QNX to replace BlackBerry OS, run some BlackBerry apps

updated 05:35 pm EDT, Tue September 28, 2010

RIM says QNX long-term sequel to BlackBerry OS

RIM during a breakfast at the BlackBerry DevCon session today said the QNX foundations at the heart of the BlackBerry PlayBook would eventually replace BlackBerry OS itself. Confirming a rumor, a vice president said the roots to the currently isolated BlackBerry Tablet OS would eventually spread to the smartphones. BlackBerry 7, which doesn't have a timeframe, would likely be a gateway ahead of the full switch.

Early on, the tablet will support running some BlackBerry OS apps, though which class of apps will run and how isn't known.

The Ottawa, Canada-made OS was initially considered an unusual choice as it has primarily run embedded devices, such as in-car systems and machinery. However, the Unix-based platform both has relatively fast performance, a low footprint and significant media support, all of which would help improve the BlackBerry platform. RIM has regularly avoided supporting 3D and other graphics-heavy tasks but is now making these cornerstones of the PlayBook.

RIM has been losing share in the US to Android and the iPhone and has so far been at risk of ceding the tablet market to the iPad. Most criticism has centered around the aging nature of the BlackBerry OS, which lacks not just significant graphics support but text-heavy interfaces and an underdeveloped mobile app store compared to the highly visual and app-rich Android and iOS platforms. The company's strategy so far is nonetheless a more conservative one and is now due to be gradual rather than the clean break tried by Microsoft with Windows Phone 7. [via IntoMobile]

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Martin

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Sep 2010


    Don't do that

    Hey Electronista,

    would you please stop Hijacking my clipboard? It is not very nice of you to fidle around with what I want to copy and I don't like to be mistrusted as a user of your site. Do you really believe I don't link back to you? You should at least provide an option for me to disable this "feature".

    Thanks in advance and greetings from germany,

    PS: I really like your site but this is something I really get angry at… >:(

  1. stelligent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    predictable and inevitable

    This was predictable and inevitable:

  1. facebook_Paul

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2011


    breakfast at the BlackBerry DevCon session??

    Well I don't see any breakfast!

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.


Network Headlines

Follow us on Facebook


Most Popular


Recent Reviews

Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth Speaker

Ultimate Ears (now owned by Logitech) has found great success in the marketplace with its "Boom" series of Bluetooth speakers, a mod ...

Kinivo URBN Premium Bluetooth Headphones

We love music, and we're willing to bet that you do, too. If you're like us, you probably spend a good portion of your time wearing ...

Jamstik+ MIDI Controller

For a long time the MIDI world has been dominated by keyboard-inspired controllers. Times are changing however, and we are slowly star ...


Most Commented