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 22:07 UTC in reply to "RE: ..."
Gestahlt
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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 fran on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:19 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
fran Member since:
2010-08-06

It's not only that. It also gets an Android App player.
It is a major upgrade.

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by Not2Sure on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:53 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
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2009-12-07

The Android runtime afaik lacks any hardware support. If your dalvik/harmony app hits location or camera it won't work without a rewrite. Also missing is the IPC layer, so using 3rd party intents is also not an option.

What is disappointing is the lack of a "bb" app player to enable all the existing bb v4-7 apps and library code.

I mean it would involved licensing costs of their current jvm and some work to retain and motivate current platform developers. But instead they decided to dedicate those same resources to "attracting" a set of developers who don't really have any interest in your new platform anyway.

Seems backwards thinking to me seeing as you have the expertise at hand in your existing API, but I hope it works out. Seems like they are on the road to becoming another android OEM (plus all this stuff no one else has!) which has a debatable value in the market. At least that was the thinking at Nokia before they got Elop'ed.

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by Adurbe on Wed 19th Oct 2011 08:19 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not only that. It also gets an Android App player.
It is a major upgrade.



Android App player reminds me of OS/2's windows 3 compatibility. Noone bothered making native apps as they could build one supporting both platforms! Trouble was it supported one better than the other as it was native...

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by Moochman on Wed 19th Oct 2011 04:51 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

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.


There is nothing like that eye-candy available on Android, except if you count games. Even WP7, for all its elegance, doesn't pack that kind of bling.

Somehow I get the sense that we watched different videos. To my eyes, that demo suggests we are entering a new world of fluid, animated interactions unprecedented in current computing platforms. And all you guys can see is "been there, done that"?

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by Gestahlt on Wed 19th Oct 2011 08:53 in reply to "RE[3]: ..."
Gestahlt Member since:
2011-10-17

@Moochman:
You have good points there and partly convinced me that this thing might not be that useless after all.

It´s just that this thing doesn´t get my blood boiling like BareMetal OS or Reactos does (for different reasons).

I love new user interfaces and experiences but stylish end user tablets are nothing i consider the invention of the century.

Maybe im expecting the future today and in the end it has sometimes to be done in small steps but sorry, i dont see a milestone there.

Edited 2011-10-19 08:54 UTC

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