BlackBerry DevCon Europe 2012
Canadian email phone maker RIM has had its new President and CEO, Thorsten Heins, outline the plans for BlackBerry 10 OS at the European BlackBerry DevCon developer's conference, in Amsterdam.
The head of the company stated that - "With BlackBerry 10 we have actually built and what our strategic aspirations is to build a high performance platform, for mobile computing - this will kick off the next growth curve for BlackBerry".
It was noted at the event that the BlackBerry 10 OS has already been two years in the making, where the platform brings the best features of the PlayBook tablet OS and marries this with the mobile phone patfrom.
This is a feature that had been taken up by another well-known mobile OS developer, Google. The internet search engine giant has merged the Android ‘Gingerbread' platform with their ‘Honeycomb' variant - in the next generation of their mobile operating system, Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich' 4.0.
BlackBerry 10 is the next version of RIM's mobile platform and is based on the QNX OS that already has a 25 million installed user base, in cars. It is also used in everything from nuclear power stations, to internet routers and medical devices.
There will be cloud services in the BlackBerry 10 OS that include email, payment, messaging and ads whilst being able to carry apps written in C++, HTML5 and others languages - which will be backward compatible.
Research In Motion has indicated that the upcoming PlayBook 2.0 OS, which will be released by the end of February, will give an idea as to what the BlackBerry 10 OS might actually be like.