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Research In Motion announces next version of its mobile phone operating system

Canadian mobile phone maker RIM has unveiled the next iteration of the operating system that drives their handsets and tablets, which will be known as BlackBerry BBX.

Research In Motion launched BlackBerry BBX at the developer’s DevCon event in America - as the next generation of their mobile platform, which takes the best parts of the BlackBerry 7 operating system and their tablet QNX platform.

The BlackBerry BBX will be the OS to run BlackBerry handsets and also tablets, where it has been designed from the ground upwards to enable a real-time mobile experience that is set to distinguish BlackBerry products and services.

This BBX platform will include BBX-OS and will support BlackBerry cloud services, with development environments for both HTML5 and native developers. BBX will also support applications developed using any of the tools available today for the BlackBerry PlayBook – including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5. This is in addition to BlackBerry Runtime for Android applications, for future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.

BBX will also include the new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics and will bring 'Super App' abilities to enable many advanced capabilities including deep integration between apps, always-on Push services and the BBM Social Platform.

Originally published at OneMobileRing.com

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.