RIM has unveiled it’s new operating system Blackberry BBX, combining existing Blackberry and QNX platforms.
Announced at the Blackberry DevCon Rim, the BBX platform is designed to work on smartphones and tablets: ‘To connect people, devices, content and services.’
It also supports Blackberry cloud services, HTML 5 and native developers, as well as support for Playbook apps and Android apps on future tablets and smartphones. ‘Super App’ capability includes deeper integration between apps, Push-on services and BBM
RIM also announced a selection of developer tool updates, designed to encourage the development of apps. BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with support for Android apps via BlackBerry Runtime is now open.
WebWorks is an application that developers can use to develop apps, which can run on Blackberry OS 6 and OS7, the Playbook and future devices.
Finally,the Native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook (1.0 gold release) can be used for creating advanced 2D and 3D games also compatible with BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
Interestingly RIM’s CEO Mike Lazaridis also claimed that Blackberry is one of the most profitable applications for developers, with 5 million apps being downloaded on a daily basis: “At DevCon today, we’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform.”
We’ll bring you more news of any product announcements from the developers conference when we get it.
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