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Blackberry announces new BBX operating system


Live from BlackBerry DevCon 2011 in San Francisco, where RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has the stage, and he’s just revealed the company’s latest operating system: BBX.

Blackberry BBX“It’ll be for phones, it’ll be for tablets, and it’ll be for embedded devices,” says QNX founder Dan Dodge. The “whole company is aligning behind a single platform and a single vision.” The company is showing off the Marmalade game engine, as well as talking up security (the PlayBook is apparently the first tablet certified for government use).

The BBX platform uses the same browser source code as on BB6 and BB7, meaning that HTML5 and WebWorks apps on either of those will work on BBX. The Cascades UI framework, designed by The Astonishing Tribe, has been demonstrated with a photo gallery app and with message visualization, a compressed visual stream of showing email, calls, BBM, SMS, Facebook, and Skype, with a dynamic tag cloud and multiple ways to graph. And since this is RIM, Enterprise is being emphasized here, with a “Work” tab being added to App World, letting your CIO add apps specific to your company.


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