In an interview with PCMag’s Sascha Segan at CES, RIM’s Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis had a lot to talk about. Mike Lazaridis went into some details about RIM’s plan for a BlackBerry “super phone” stating: We are in Vegas let’s party!! Haha Just kidding. The future BlackBerry ”super phone” will run a scaled down version of RIM’s QNX OS running on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Here is some info from the Q & A’s with PCMag:
Lazaridis told me that the phones are coming, that they’ll be based on dual-core processors with RIM’s new QNX OS, and that the interface will look a lot like a shrunken-down PlayBook tablet (which, in turn, actually looks a lot like BlackBerry 6.) Future QNX devices also may eventually run existing BlackBerry Java apps as well, Lazaridis said, ensuring a smooth transition between the platforms.
That means developers may end up with three possible ways to code for the PlayBook, by the way. They could use an existing Java app (when that support becomes available), write apps in Adobe Air, or write native apps for the tablet using OpenGL.
It looks like it will be a while before we see QNX running on a BlackBerry due to a couple of things:
PCMag Q: We’re seeing a lot of multicore smartphones this week. Do you think the platform is ready yet for you guys to jump in, or is there a reason that the existing multicore platform isn’t appropriate for a BlackBerry handheld?
ML A: No, I think a multicore platform is currently perfect for tablets.
PCMag Q: Why is it not perfect for handhelds?
ML A: Battery life, size, weight, thickness, cost.
I guess we will just have to wait for RIM’s 10 year business plan and see what happens… Unfortunately for me its getting harder and harder to sit on the back burner and just wait for RIM to get off their Ax@ and produce a ”super phone”… I went out and picked up an Android device and I must say it is a great OS but I also must say it no BlackBerry. So in conclusion I get to have the best of both worlds we all know I can’t live with out my BBM!
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