Quel OS pour la future tablette de Research in Motion, dont le nom supposé est BlackPad ? Réponse proposée par Bloomberg : un OS développé par QNX Software Systems.
We still don’t know a lot about Research in Motions (RIM) future tablet which should work as a mobile companion connected to a Blackberry Smartphone for Internet access. It is believed that the device will be known as the BlackPad with Bloomberg providing details of its possible configuration at the end of July: a 9.7” tactile screen, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity with a launch planned for November.
But what operating system will it run? This is still unknown, with some suggesting it could be a variation on the Blackberry OS or Android. Bloomberg though has provided another suggestion: a specific OS designed by QNX Software Systems. QNX is a company purchased by RIM in April, specialising in automobile onboard communication systems.
It can also be noted that during the announcement of RIM’s purchase of QNX, Mike Lazaridis, co-CEO of RIM, indicated that this merger would allow for collaboration on yet to be announced Blackberry products… like "intelligent peripherals".
A differentiating element? Bloomberg hasn’t specifically cited their sources, although QNX would be more than capable of producing an OS from their own competing products which could be run on a BlackPad tablet which is trying to differentiate itself from competing products, while still opening the door to the creation of mobile applications.
The tablet should be directly integrated into Blackberry services, notably with the messaging systems, although it won’t operate Blackberry OS 6 for unknown reasons, while the solution has to be quick and simple. The end of the year should see a lot of developments in the tablet field.