RIM Not Using OS 6 For BlackBerry Tablet

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) will not be using its newly launched BlackBerry OS 6 to power its upcoming BlackPad tablet device.

Citing three people familiar with the plans, Bloomberg reported that the company is not using its BlackBerry OS 6 in favour of a software used in BMW audio systems and the Crusher tank.

According to Bloomberg, RIM will be using a software developed by QNX Software Systems, which the BlackBerry maker had previously acquired from Harman International Industries Inc. for $200 million earlier this year.

RIM recently launched its first multi-touch enabled slider smartphone, BlackBerry Torch 9800, which runs on the new BlackBerry OS 6, in the US earlier this month. However, RIM seems to be preparing to use a platform which already has a significant developer following.

RIM has said that the QNX OS will fit right into the tablet device as it is an operating system familiar to its target audience, corporate customers.