QNX-Based BlackBerry OS May Be Called BBX

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When it comes to the operating systems behind RIM’s hardware, we have the familiar BlackBerry OS, powering its smartphones in all its incarnations, and the QNX-based system used in the company’s PlayBook tablet. With its next wave of smartphones arriving, the company will transition to that QNX system for its BlackBerry handsets. According to a slide from a QNX event, it now looks like RIM will be calling its latest OS “BBX”.

Popping “X” onto a product name to signify a new release may seem a little trite, but it actually looks pretty good in this case. The “BB” keeps things sounding familiar, while the “X” suggests that, despite the similarities to past versions, this is a new beast entirely.

We’ve heard that the BlackBerry Colt could be the first QNX-based… we mean, BBX model to arrive. RIM has its developer’s conference later this month, and there’s a good chance we could get to see the Colt in action, and learn more about how BBX will work on smaller smartphone displays. Our expectations may be high, but RIM really needs to hit this ball out-of-the-park to keep from losing its market share to the likes of Google, Apple, and Microsoft.

Source: CrackBerry

Via: PhoneArena

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