The Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has confirmed that the QNX operating system that powers its recently unveiled tablet PC PlayBook will replace the BlackBerry OS that currently runs on its devices.
According to IntoMobile report, RIM vice president acknowledged that QNX core technology would eventually replace Blackberry OS itself. He said that the Blackberry OS 7 would be “stepping stone to a full switch” to QNX in future BlackBerry devices.
RIM unveiled the BlackBerry OS 6 at the beginning of August 2010, approximately 14 months after Blackberry OS 5 hit the market. It is expected that the BlackBerry OS 7 will be release in the last quarter of 2011 and the QNX-based Blackberry OS 8 is expected to be launched in 2012.
The company had acquired the Ottawa-based QNX Software Systems for $200 million in earlier this year to have exclusive access to its software technology for its tablet. QNX was unveiled to attendees at the annual BlackBerry DevCon in San Francisco yesterday.
The newly launched BlackBerry PlayBook tablet PC will be the first device to run the new operating system and the device is expected to reach the European market in the second quarter of the year.