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.