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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About time
by Moochman on Wed 19th Oct 2011 04:15 UTC
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Sure, it's true that BlackBerry is late to the game here, but judging by the PlayBook there's a lot to like about this OS in terms of the user experience--it's basically the closest you can get to WebOS when it comes to multi-tasking, actually, which is a *Very Good Thing*. The PlayBook's main problems as I recall weren't anything inherent to the platform but rather the lack of a "native" e-mail client (i.e., one that allows for client-side IMAP/POP access rather than relying on BlackBerry's servers) and the rushed-out feel of some apps. If BlackBerry fixes these problems, which they must have had enough time to do by now, they may have a very compelling platform on their hands, based on the speed and fluidity of interaction alone.

Aside from that, the developer story is actually what I would call "solid", and even (maybe ironically) "open". By supporting Android apps they're ensuring there's a wealth of existing cross-platform apps ready from the get-go, and they're providing all kinds of different developers from all different backgrounds (web, Flash/Flex, native) ways to develop new apps--what's wrong with that? Sounds like the dream platform to me.

Just because they're late to the party with their next-gen platform doesn't mean people need to diss them at every turn. Yes, we've all got bitter tastes in our mouths since WebOS and MeeGo were kicked to the curb by their parents, but here's a case where a company is actually trying to see things through and to actually support a new OS, which might, just might, have some really cool stuff going for it. They're not content to settle for just re-skinning Android when they just might have a chance to do things better. And believe me, as a recent WebOS-to-Android switcher, I see *plenty* of room for improvement.

Not to mention that BlackBerry hardware tends to be very well-made, and they are the only ones putting out phones in my favorite form factor--portrait slider--now that the Palm Pre is dead.

This is OSNews, remember? We like geeking out about alternative OSes and exotic devices. We like to appreciate the wide variety of and diverse approaches to OSes and devices that are out there. If anyone should be cheering on BlackBerry for not backing down, you'd think it would be us.

Edited 2011-10-19 04:26 UTC

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