Tuesday, September 28, 2010

RIM drops first look at their QNX-powered future

Sweet looking tablet - can't wait to get my hands on one.

Amplify’d from www.cnn.com
The newly unveiled Playbook has a 7-inch touch screen and is just under 10 millimeters thick.

As was widely rumored, RIM did unveil its first non-smartphone device Monday at the opening keynote event at its DevCon developer conference here. The company is calling it the PlayBook.

RIM also showed that its strategy is not limited to just offering new hardware. Even though it only recently announced its new BlackBerry OS 6, the company has also created a brand-new tablet OS for the PlayBook. It's called BlackBerry Tablet OS, and it's designed by QNX Software, a company purchased by RIM earlier this year.

The company went with a new system because, as Lazaridis put it, "You don't build a skyscraper on a house foundation." RIM clearly feels that what it has for tablets is a much more robust OS that will run well on its 1GHz dual-core tablet.

While RIM emphasized how powerful the OS will be, the system also has something very non-businesslike built in: OpenGL support.

Developers use that to build games with cool 3D graphics. Dan Dodge, CEO of QNX, said that support will make the Tablet OS a serious gaming platform, which elicited applause from the developers in the audience.

Of course, there's still much we don't know: when it will ship, price, availability, and even some core features like battery life.

To underscore how RIM feels about Flash, Lazaridis brought Adobe's CEO Shantanu Narayen up on stage today to talk about how closely the two platforms are linked. It was mostly for the benefit of the developers in the audience, but the idea that all Web video will be displayed is one way to differentiate its device for potential consumers.

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