RIM officially announces new BBX operating system for phones and tablets

RIM officially announces new BBX operating system for phones and tablets
The first day of RIM's annual DevCon started this morning with a keynote speech from co-CEO Mike Lazaridis. As expected, the executive announced a new operating system which will be called BBX. According to QNX founder Dan Dodge, BBX will be for phones and tablets and the whole company is aligning itself behind this one operating system.

Because BBX uses the same source code found on BlackBerry OS 6 and OS 7, HTML5 apps that work on either of those two will work on BBX. The UI is said to be based on the Cascades framework developed by The Amazing Tribe. Because BlackBerry remains popular among enterprise users, a new "Work" tab has been added to BlackBerry App World.

RIM also announced a new developer beta for the BlackBerry PlayBook that takes the software to 2.0. This includes the BlackBerry Runtime for Android apps which allows developers to make their Android apps compatible with the RIM tablet. Either a BlackBerry-specific plug in can be added or the developer can use the BlackBerry Packager, which we showed you on video earlier.

The conference runs through Wednesday and we still expect to see RIM introduce at least one of its new BBX flavored SuperPhone models one day during the event.

source: Thisismynext

**UPDATE**
A video of the Cascades UI has been released by RIM and it shows the animations and transitions that are now available to developers through the BlackBerry Native SDK. Cascades also offers flexible list layouts and 3D support. It is all good for those writing apps for BlackBerry devices.

source: Crackberry

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16 Comments

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Wow I hope it's not too late. Maybe they can make a comeback! Let’s see what the future holds for RIM, this maybe their LAST chance!

11. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

No new devices announced (much less shipping)? Here is how you continue to lose customers (say bye-bye to XMAS sales). Watch the Android and iOS handsets continue to eat RIM's (and Nokia's) Lunch (and Dinner and Breakfast).

16. Ivan6479

Posts: 250; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah I agree it would be nice to see them get back into the game, after all I did enjoy a lot of things about BB and lets be honest it had to be doing something right for Apple and Android to adopt some of its awesome functionality.

4. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

i have hope for RIM, i have been a long time bb user for its business functions and i would like to see what they can bring to the table. on the other hand i know deep down that if they fail this time all hope is pretty much lost for them :/

5. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

side note: i will be pissed if bbx is not as enjoyable as the playbook OS

8. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

You and Taco ought to take a nap together then- you both seem so tired.

9. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Snapdude, for sure it will be more enjoyable. PlayBook OS2.0 is supposed to be an improvement on 1.0. So 2.0 will also be an indication of what to expect on BBX in mobile phones. Unless RIM choose to stall and release the Playbook OS update with the 1st batch of BBX powered phones and call it BBX too- which would suck because Playbook users have been waiting forever for an update.

10. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

i hope so, i was not impressed with the alpha build i played with

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

What a kinda fun looking UI. Of course, it could end up being a hot mess. But at least it looks like a real this century UI.

13. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

look cooooooollllll

14. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I haven't seen it, Snapdude. But why would they change it that much though? Aren't they supposed to add some new features or something... What disappointed you about it?

15. Snapdude

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

i guess disappointed isnt what i should have said, more like confused.. it was an alpha build so i cant complain to much. it just seemed like they are trying too hard. tough to put into words, hopefully the beta build will give a better example

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