October 19, 2011, 1:45 PM — Research in Motion (RIM) is holding its fourth annual BlackBerry Developer Conference (DevCon) this week in San Francisco. Though today is only day two of the three-day event, the BlackBerry-maker has already made a number of significant announcements that are sure to please both RIM developers and BlackBerry users.
Keep reading for a quick breakdown of RIM's four most notable announcements, along with explanations of what the news means for BlackBerry developers, as well as RIM smartphone and PlayBook tablet owners.
BlackBerry OS + QNX = BBX--RIM's Next Generation BlackBerry Platform
"BlackBerry BBX" is RIM's next generation mobile platform, and different versions of BBX will run on both BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
"BBX-OS" is an entirely new handheld OS, built on a new foundation from QNX Systems, which RIM acquired last year. The software will look and feel similar to the current BlackBerry Tablet OS--also built on QNX code--that runs on RIM's PlayBook tablet, but it will be tailored for smaller, smartphone displays.