Research in Motion Ltd.’s co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis unveiled Tuesday its next-generation smartphone operating system, which the company has promised will power its newest BlackBerrys by next year.
RIM bought the high-powered QNX operating system last year, and has said it will eventually power new BlackBerry smartphones. On Tuesday, speaking at a conference of applications developers, RIM made that official: saying BBX will combine the best of QNX with the best features of the company’s current BlackBerry operating system.
RIM, in a statement, also said it would make available to developers a beta of its PlayBook OS 2.0, which includes developer support for designing applications for Google Inc.’s Android operating system. QNX already powers RIM’s PlayBook tablet.
That gadget’s launch was mired by lackluster reviews and poor sales so far. RIM had previously said it would allow developers to design Android applications for BlackBerry and PlayBook, in an effort to build a library of apps that could run on RIM’s devices. Android, in just a few years, has come to dominated the North American smartphone market.
BBX “takes the best of the BlackBerry platform and the best of the QNX platform,” RIM said in a statement.