RESEARCH In Motion (RIM) on Tuesday
unveiled a mobile platform that combines features of the legacy software used in
its BlackBerry smartphones with the new QNX operating system used in its
PlayBook tablet computer.
At a developers’ conference in San Francisco, the Canadian company
said it would install the new BBX platform in its next generation of smartphones
“We’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer
applications, and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their
smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our
next generation BBX platform,” RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said in a speech
opening the four-day event.