Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:02 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless What many of us wondered the moment Research In Motion announced the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system has now transpired: the Canadian smartphone and tablet company has announced BBX, their QNX-based operating system for both smartphones and tablets - in other words, the expansion of the PlayBook operating system into smartphones.
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by Gestahlt on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:28 UTC
Gestahlt
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2011-10-17

Useless eye-candy on another short lived platform.

I dont see the use of it.. really..

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by WorknMan on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:33 in reply to "..."
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Useless eye-candy on another short lived platform.

I dont see the use of it.. really..


I'm guessing you'll probably get modded down for this, but I agree with you. When it comes to RIM, go ahead and stick a fork in 'em... they're done.

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by libray on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:03 in reply to "RE: ..."
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

Tell that to the millions of users who were (rightfully) upset when RIM had a network outage in Europe. They didn't jump ship so fast, and it's a reason they even still use the platform. RIM sells phones and service. The other manufacturers don't sell a service. For example, I don't know the uptime for the various app worlds, but I'm betting that no one would care if HTC had an app-world crash.

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by Not2Sure on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:17 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2009-12-07

lol, wut?

In case you hadn't noticed people's brand loyalty in the smartphone segment is kind of nonexistent. Every year people upgrade from their "obsolete" hardware to something else. If RIM has something special consumers want to buy in their next product cycle then they are far from "done." And for better or worse, "eyecandy" is what alot of people choose to make their purchasing decisions on not call quality, battery life, sustainability or actual instead of perceived functionality they will use.

RIM has lots of options. They could for example, adopt an actual corporate strategy instead of just cutting costs and layoffs that involves scaling back sales expectations and instead target key segments and offering solutions that work well just for those segments and cede the high-end consumer market which they seem to falter in. That will probably involve a leadership change which in many opionions is long overdue.

They have lots of options none of which involves them having a fork stuck in them.

Such brainwashed/braindead comments on OSNews really don't do the site a service.

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by smashIt on Tue 18th Oct 2011 21:54 in reply to "..."
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

RIM may deserve the bashing, but QNX doesn't

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by Gestahlt on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:07 in reply to "RE: ..."
Gestahlt Member since:
2011-10-17

This wasn´t meant to bash at all. Its just so sad that they wont come up with anything useful lately. Seriously, what do they think? As stated in the main article, most other platforms have this kind of eyecandy (even 3rd party). Its wasted effort to compete with the same every other platform has. I really miss the innovation there. QNX is quite a powerful platform and RIM has experience in the market. They had their moments with the BlackBerry. And just to use this potential to make another Tablet to fool around (where HP also failed with their webOS) seems just stupid. I neither see a new level of entertainment or productivity.

I dunno how you guys feel but im crying out for a change. Since the switch from CLI to GUI there hasnt been anything different except it got more colourful and woohoo.. 3D.

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by fithisux on Wed 19th Oct 2011 08:11 in reply to "RE: ..."
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2006-01-22

So, they should release QNX for x86 PCs also.

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by -pekr- on Wed 19th Oct 2011 10:25 in reply to "..."
-pekr- Member since:
2006-03-28

Useless eye-candy on another short lived platform.

I dont see the use of it.. really..


Well, just few moments ago I could see new Ice Cream Sandwich announced on Samsung phone. Well - it is either typical Samsung UI crap, or Android goes the wrong way imo.

Some time ago, as a former amiga user, I welcomed arrival of full screen apps, which removed surrounding clutter. I barely tolerated so called Widgets. So - what we have got is resizable widgets - cool, but - plainly wrong.

If Android really goes that route, I expect developers releasing regular apps windowed, not full screen. That will lead to not so clean UI interfaces. Those ppl forgot, that 10 years ago, tablets failed, because they contained UI not adapted to tablet usage.

So - I would not be so quick judging RIM here, because Android 4.x has yet to prove itself too ...

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by zima on Wed 19th Oct 2011 11:50 in reply to "RE: ..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I just glanced over one Nokia N9 review ( http://www.gsmarena.com/nokia_n9-review-659.php ) - and, like suspected, its Meego indeed seems decent (here's hoping its refinement really will be what lives on in, recently ~confirmed, Nokia post-S40 Linux "feature phone" OS); quite elegant, clean, uncluttered, no widgets.

And most crucially here, your "Some time ago, as a former amiga user, I welcomed arrival of full screen apps" reminded me about how screens in AmigaOS could be dragged to reveal, also partly, another screen/application - and it made me realize that N9 Meego essentially reimplements this as a major UI paradigm, in swipes.

Hm, maybe it even sort of continues the Amiga spirit in more ways - it's apparently quite light, snappy, nicely multitasking on a not-stellar hardware. Also, well, dead and pricey - yup, uncanny resemblance to Amiga (in its state for a decade+) / you might like it? ;) ;)

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