RIM Unveils BlackBerry BBX

It is a bad timing for RIM to announce their next generation mobile platform. They had a major outage last week. iPhone 4S is selling like hotcakes. Google just unveiled their new Android Ice Cream Sandwich. And Nokia will be showing off their first Windows Phone 7 phone soon.
But then, sometimes you just have to do what you have to do. And the BlackBerry BBX is really something that RIM needs badly. To put it simply, BBX is the next generation mobile platform from RIM that takes the best of the BlackBerry OS platform and the best of the QNX platform (which is powering the BlackBerry Playbook now) to connect people, devices, content and services.

The BBX platform will include BBX-OS and will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for both HTML5 and native developers. BBX will also support applications developed using any of the tools available today for the BlackBerry PlayBook including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps on future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
BBX will also include the new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics. The technology is from a Swedish company called The Astonishing Tribe which RIM acquired in December 2010. Cascades allows developers to easily create visually stunning interfaces with custom layouts, animations, effects and 3D graphics.

Cascades is scheduled to be made available in beta later this fall. Let’s hope the developers make full use of Cascades and give us apps with beautiful user interface.
We don’t have the timeline for BBX yet. We don’t know if existing BlackBerry smartphones and Playbook can be upgraded to the BBX platform when it is available. We also don’t know what new devices will support BBX. But 1 thing for sure, BBX is the future for BlackBerry

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