RIM unveils new BBX OS and developer tools

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RIM unveils new operating system and developer tools as it tries to get back on track following last week’s data service outages

RIM has unveiled a new operating system called BBX that it claims combines the best of its BlackBerry OS and the QNX system used on the firm’s Playbook tablet.

RIM said the new OS will support cloud services and development environments for HTML5 and BlackBerry app developers, and support apps built for the Playbook.

The firm also announced a raft of new developer tools, including a new graphics framework called BlackBerry Cascades UI, and enable deeper integration between apps and BlackBerry push services and the firm’s BBM social platform.

RIM also announced new updates to developer tools for the Playbook, including a beta version of the Playbook 2.0 OS,  support for Adobe AIR 3.0 and a new native software development kit.

Speaking at the BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 developer conference in San Francisco, RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis (pictured) said: “With nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps downloaded daily, our customers have made BlackBerry one of the most profitable platforms for developers.

“At DevCon today, we’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform.”

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