RIM Announces BBX Platform for Phones and Tablets
Research In Motion today announced during the keynote address at its developer conference in San Francisco that it is unifying its smartphones and tablets on a single platform called BBX. It builds on the foundation laid by the QNX-based PlayBook tablet and takes it a step further. RIM explained that it uses software elements from both its existing BlackBerry smartphones (such as the radio stacks) as well as the QNX core functionality of the PlayBook. Merging elements of both with the new BlackBerry Cascades user interface design leads RIM to believe that this new platform will be central to its long-term success. The platform will be secure, will support 2D/3D gaming and multi-core processors, and will offer the communications tools that BlackBerry owners have come to expect. Developers will be able to create cross-device, BBX-compatible apps from nearly any of their current toolsets, including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps. The Cascades UI Framework supports advanced graphics and also includes integration with other applications, RIM's Push services, and the BBM Social Platform. With WebWorks, developers will be able to create browser-based apps that work across BlackBerry 6, BlackBerry 7, and BBX. RIM is offering some new tools today, while others will debut later this fall.
BlackBerry Bringing BBM to Android Wear
BlackBerry today showed off BBM for Android Wear. With BBM on your wrist, Android Wear owners will be able to read incoming BBM messages, review and accept BBM invites, scan through the BBM inbox, and respond with either canned messages or dictated messages via Google Now.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
Samsung's Knox Platform Adds More BlackBerry Tools
Samsung and BlackBerry today announced that Samsung's Knox enterprise security service will adopt BlackBerry's WorkLife and SecuSUITE services. The WorkLife tool will let Samsung device owners keep their work and personal data separate on the device.
TCL to Be Sole Maker of BlackBerry Phones
BlackBerry today said moving forward TCL Communications, the parent company of Alcatel, will be responsible for designing, manufacturing, selling, and supporting all BlackBerry-branded smartphones. The companies struck an agreement that sees TCL licensing BlackBerry's security software and service suite along with the BlackBerry brand.
BlackBerry Weighing Move to Android
BlackBerry is considering whether or not to make a smartphone based on Google's Android platform rather than its own operating system, reports Reuters. Citing sources familiar with BlackBerry's plans, Reuters says the company is working on a slider handset that would have a touch screen and a slide-out physical keyboard for typing.