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New BlackBerry OS may be called BlackBerry X, take Apple cue

updated 08:00 pm EDT, Mon October 3, 2011

BlackBerry X may merge RIM phone, tablet platforms

RIM's BlackBerry DevCon this month may see it take a page from Apple in an OS naming scheme and strategy. New leaks from multiple sources pointed to a more unified platform known as BlackBerry X. CrackBerry understands that it wouldn't represent a jump to revision 10 but instead would reflect the influence of QNX on the new mobile OS.

What differences BBX would have over the interface on the PlayBook wasn't apparent. RIM has already planned to add native e-mail and other basics to the PlayBook's 2.0 update and will at least start from that point.

The naming scheme, while simple, borrows from Apple's naming of Mac OS X. Apple had meant it as a genuine version ten, but the BlackBerry like the Mac will use it to reflect the fundamental shift in technology. QNX gives RIM much stronger multitasking and media features along with an OS better suited to touch. RIM might unintentionally follow the Mac strategy and lose features with the reboot, temporarily losing BlackBerry Enterprise Server support.

The new OS is considered vital to modernizing the BlackBerry. Even in version 7, the OS still using many of the same roots as years-old versions and is limited in what it can do at once or what it can run. Apple and Google have together passed RIM for share worldwide.

DevCon starts on October 18. RIM will likely need developer lead time and, like with the PlayBook, may need a few months to build up app support.

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

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    in 3... 2... 1...

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    X is old

    Apple has been using it for over 10 years now, and the Romans for a whole lot longer than that. Why didn't they try "Q" instead? That is, after all, the first letter of QNX, which they are now using to underpin their OS.

    They could even use it in ad campaigns posing questions where the answer would have something to do with their product. A bonus is that it would get people to actually think about them, again.

    Nobody is using "Q", they could be unique.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    Better than their first idea

    I heard it was going to be called Blackberry 95, and then someone said, how about Blackberry ME, and finally someone with some balls said, lets at least call it Blackberry XP.

    Then after a long night of smoking they ultimately came up with Blackberry X, well....I have to say, it might be the best idea they had that night....BBX doesn't sound like Mac OS X, and since QNX far predates Apple's OS - if they claim its based on QNX influence - heck it probably is.

  1. facebook_Bashar

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    comment title

    how about B-BS

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Had a long day...

    Man, when I posted about using "Q", it completely went over my head why they didn't use it.

    I love BBQ, but I'm not that fond of the thought of carrying that in my pocket.

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