RIM unveils BBX Operating System

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion showed off an operating system dubbed BlackBerry BBX, at the DevCon Americas 2011 conference.

RIM says BBX combines best of the BlackBerry platform and the best of the QNX platform to connect people, devices, content and services. The firm also announced a series of developer tool updates, including WebWorks for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, the Native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook and a developer beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with support for running Android applications.

"With nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps downloaded daily, our customers have made BlackBerry one of the most profitable platforms for developers," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "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."

RIM also introduced the Developer Beta version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. The Developer Beta includes the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and the BlackBerry Plug-In for Android Development Tools, allowing developers to quickly and easily bring Android applications to BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.

RIM announced the BlackBerry Open Source Initiative to port popular Open Source libraries to the BlackBerry PlayBook platform.

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