BlackBerry DevCon Highlights: Dan Dodge talks BBX

By Adam Zeis on 19 Oct 2011 02:21 am EDT
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In case you missed the BlackBerry DevCon general session keynote this morning and don't care to watch it in its entirety, we have a few highlight videos on the way. The first is Dan Dodge taking the stage with Mike Lazaridis to talk BBX. He explains how the upcoming OS will be for both phones and tablets and touches a bit on what makes the OS so special. He also gets into a bit of what BBX will bring down the road. Check it all out in the video above, and hang tight as we bring more highlights from the keynote.

28 comments

Darlaten

Can someone sort out some confusion that has been going on in the existing forums here and other internet sites. Can the current Playbook - the one that we all have in our hands now - upgrade to BBX when it comes available? I ask as there seems to be some misunderstanding at the difference between OS 2.0, BBX, and whether or not the existing Playbook can upgrade to BBX.

Bla1ze

" the upcoming OS will be for both phones and tablets and touches a bit on what makes the OS so special."

For lack of better words, all they are doing is taking the PlayBook OS as it is now, and putting it on phones.

Of course BBX is gonna work on the current PlayBook -- it's running it now under a different name -- QNX.

BBX is just what they all calling it as a whole so they don't have two seperate OS'

shuabert

So will this BBX, or QNX, or whatever you want to call it, run on current OS7 devices? Or are these phones he's talking about future, unreleased devices?

altrax

BBX will not run on current OS7 phones

ekafara

rroyy wrote on twitter: "Since you don't need to wait OS7.1 for hotspot and UMA and there are BB7 devices runnin' QNX spotted OS7.1 can be BBX..."

he is usually a very good source of info related to operating systems. but i still wont believe it till i see it.

123berryaddicted

I really don't see why we couldn't have a lite version of qnx on our 9900's. After all its processor is 1.2Ghz right? And for most of the playbooks prereleased life it was only running on one core 1Ghz... So.... Common? Optimize it a little... Lighten it up and slap it on a 9900 :D

mago72

For now, upgrade for PB is Tablet OS 2.0, in same way with RIM annoucements.

So, I think that in the next upgrade,both for tablet and phones,with support for 3G/4G calls and others phone functions, he name BBX will be the same as if we call tablet OS or QNX OS 3.0...

I think that when it's released, the version will begin with BBX 1.0. What all you think? Sorry english. Brazil.

MrxXx

Dear RIM,

Thru this way I would like to bring the following statement under your attention.

I am very very disappointed in RIM and in your learship. While your competitors are moving ahead with new devices and OS, you keep promising 'bettership'. You made us BB owners glad with a dead bird recent night. I do not believe in RIM anymore and I truly think with me a lot BB owners who are going to jump ship to either Iphone or Android. As for me, no doubt that I wil jump ship right now. Because:

- Where were the promised prototypes that you promised to present?
- No example of BBX 'superphone' at all nor;
- annoucement when we see this phones hit the market
- No BBM, Email on the playbook
- etc
- etc

You, at this time of moment, have failt to give us bb owners to wait or to live for. I hope some of your employers will read this and take this for a reflection within your company. Because, what only you do is: promissing something that eventualy hit the market by the day of jugdment.
One advise: take example of Steve Jobs. You CEO in this way will NEVER EVER get the respect after your deat as this man.

Greets,

Mr X

MrxXx

Dear RIM,

Thru this way I would like to bring the following statement under your attention.

I am very very disappointed in RIM and in your learship. While your competitors are moving ahead with new devices and OS, you keep promising 'bettership'. You made us BB owners glad with a dead bird recent night. I do not believe in RIM anymore and I truly think with me a lot BB owners who are going to jump ship to either Iphone or Android. As for me, no doubt that I wil jump ship right now. Because:

- Where were the promised prototypes that you promised to present?
- No example of BBX 'superphone' at all nor;
- annoucement when we see this phones hit the market
- No BBM, Email on the playbook
- etc
- etc

You, at this time of moment, have failt to give us bb owners to wait or to live for. I hope some of your employers will read this and take this for a reflection within your company. Because, what only you do is: promissing something that eventualy hit the market by the day of jugdment.
One advise: take example of Steve Jobs. You CEO in this way will NEVER EVER get the respect after your deat as this man.

Greets,

Mr X

jsocan

Please visit a doctor, Mr X. Either your memory has failed you or your perception of reality has messed up.

Google and read the last RIM's earnings conference call transcript and you will see Mike said only the development platform would be presented in DevCon, and the prototype phones would be available shortly after that.

RIM has consistently stated that the QNX-based superphone will be launched in early 2012. Has your mind already drifted to next year?

As for Playbook, Mike has already said the native email, calendar and contacts are in PlayBook 2.0 which is to be released shortly after DevCon, so please reserve your judegement till then.

The one who will never get any respect will be you if you base your opinion not on facts but on biases.

ekafara

I'm not a fan of the whole Q&A between the two. It would have been nice if he was talking to the people in the crowd.

JasW

"Wow."

-- Mike Lazaridis, Co-CEO, Research In Motion, Oct. 18, 2011.

thecsman

"Sir, RIM has just been acquired by an american company."

"Wow!"

=(

FunktasticLucky

I was just going to say that. But I like the libraries thing. Maybe i'm wrong but maybe this will be a good thing. Developers can now snag a game engine or something and cut a lot of thier development time since they already have the game engine. So maybe this will promote app development

shankeith

yup, thats the main idea behind it

123berryaddicted

Um.... Are we going backwards here?

One of the major complaints with the iPad is that it shares the same OS with the iPhone... How many times have we heard "its just an oversized iPod"... This is what we have to look forward to with QNX?? I sure hope not...

codemaker

Well if the BBX phones are just like undersized playbooks, I won't be upset. If that is what you are asking...

PhuFighter

It seems to me that this merging of platforms is pretty much what's going on across the industry. WebOS on Palm and Touchpad, Ice Cream Sandwhich on Android, BBX... and iOS on Macs, iPad and iPhone.. and Windows 8 on tablets and on desktops (though nothing has been said about windows phone yet..)

advcomputer

This is all very good stuff. Quicker development time, the better.

PhuFighter

One thing that is missing in a big way is : When is BBX going to ship? I haven't heard anywhere about when? If it's going to be end of the year? That'd be fantastic. If it's going to be 2H 2012 with 50% functionality and the rest in 2015? RIM should just close up shop now.

digicon

It seemed like Mike L. didn't even let any of these people finish their sentence . If you ask them a question about their product , that they know more about than you , let them finish explaining . . . Then bring up a new point . As a listener , i wasn't even able to fully understand a lot of their comments , because he kept cutting them off . And how many times did they repeat , "BlackBerry App makers make more money , than other platform app makers" ? Ok , . . i get it . . .

esteemteam

can someone explain to me why blackberry owners are complaining about not having native email, calendar and such on their playbook? the way i see it, email, contacts, calendar, and so on are very personal and should remain on your phone, not on your tablet which can be passed around multiple hands. bb bridge seems like a genius security feature to me, the only people that might have a valid complaint is non blackberry owners. even then, why would you want duplicate inbox? its already frustrating enough trying to manage one multiple account inbox. i just dont understand, maybe if rim makes the playboom gold plated and gives it lasers will these people stop whining?

maliz23

I've been saying the same thing since day one. I think BB Bridge is by far the best feature on the playbook. If my wife wants to use my playbook, all I gotta do is shut off the bluetooth on my 9800 and it automatically connects to hers. I really don't understand the bid deal about the whole email thing. Personally, I'd rather send emails from my phone, its just easier for me. And why can't these people access their email through the fkn web browser? Would having native email really make brainwashed iPhone owners want a playbook? I highly doubt it.

marko868

BBX Phones! When can we see???????

jsocan

If you were RIM, would you announce a date now so people can hold off buying OS7 phones and wait for the BBX phones? Would you push out the BBX phones earlier than the promised early 2012 timeframe to cannibalize OS7 phone sales?

That will only happen if OS7 phones are not selling well.

RIM may give a launch date and lots of demos just before the holiday shopping season starts though so people can hold off buying rivals' phones and wait for the superphones next year.