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 fran on Tue 18th Oct 2011 22:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
fran
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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]: ..."
Not2Sure Member since:
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 libray on Wed 19th Oct 2011 16:41 in reply to "RE[4]: ..."
libray Member since:
2005-08-27

Agreed.

My NetBSD system can run Windows (through hypervisor and through WINE). It can run Linux binaries (provide the libraries) and even some freeBSD binaries.


Firefox and OOo build on the platform, but you don't see the NetBSD platform directly supported as a target by the upstream vendors. They don't feel they have to because NetBSD users have a workaround.

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