BlackBerry Tablet, Storm 3, new OS and more to arrive at DevCon?!

By Bla1ze on 22 Sep 2010 12:02 am EDT
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Just in case you weren’t excited about the upcoming BlackBerry Developers Conference before, some information being tossed around today may change your outlook on the situation. According to the folks over at the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Post, RIM is seemingly poised to launch some new hardware and services at this year’s event. Of course, for all you CrackBerry readers this may not exactly be new news or come as a surprise at all. In reality, we've been talking about a new OS developed by QNX and the BlackBerry Tablet for months now. Go back as far as WES 2010 and even more recently, the last CrackBerry podcast and you'll hear us speak of QNX, the OS they are developing and what exactly, it would be released on and what RIM has planned for it as a long term solution.

The news today was that, Research In Motion would be announcing (or at least showing off) the BlackBerry Tablet at the BlackBerry Developers Conference. Which would indeed be running the new OS as developed by QNX software. In addition to that, it was also noted that the OS would eventually carry over to newer, upcoming devices such as the BlackBerry Storm 3. While we have heard before that it was Research In Motions intentions to demo the device we've since heard that idea got put on the back burner but, it's anyone’s guess now. Finally, the last piece of information to come out today was the Research In Motion is also planning to announce a new advertising service using Mobclix. Rumours have been abounding for a while about the RIM and Mobclix connection but nothing solid has ever come from those rumours.

All this information is great to see as we draw closer to the opening of the BlackBerry Developers Conference but, one thing to remember is that until announced they are just rumours. It's rather easy to take every rumour from the past 6-8 months that has never fully come to light yet and say yes, that's what Research In Motion is going to announce. But, the fact is it's all speculation until those press releases start to roll out. We'd be remiss though if we didn't say that the excitement of seeing what we've been talking about for months now turn to reality is high.

Sources: WSJ, FP
25 comments

MarcSMASH

This actually gives me a slight twinge of excitement about the Storm 3. Please please please RIM, don't let me down. I really want to stay with BlackBerry.

Mike_is_Mike

Verizon cancels Storm3. Oh joy, and my two year contract is up next month - that's just GREAT. Thanks RIM.

djgrof

I'm waiting for Storm 3 :D

mlm5em

Agreed, I was all excited to move over to Android when my contract runs out, and then this news, I might just have to stay addicted to crackberry forever.

Ki-Adi-Mundi

to jump ship for a current OS on a two year contract and make it back before any worthwhile changes from RIM come about. That's what I did.

d_vernarsky

Would be nice if all that was true, but I am guessing that the more realistic expectation is that RIM will announce the 9780, which everybody knows is coming. There may be some mention of the tablet, or they may announce the Storm 3, but I somehow doubt it.

qnxqnx

RIMM should demonstrate a large screen high resolution device running QNX on Quad Core ARM processor at 2.5 GHz

http://www.biggtech.com/mobile/smartphones-running-quad-core-processors-...

also30 years of QNX:

http://onqpl.blogspot.com/search/label/30%20years%20of%20QNX

QNX will allow RIMM move at a faster pace to newer processors for all kinds of mobile devices, the phone as you know it will become a voice application on a hand-held device.

WickedRabbit

I'm going to go against the grain here and say that not only will we not see a Tablet next week, but in the rare, unlikely chance that we do and - still in the unlikely chance - that it's running it's own unique OS you won't see that new OS on ANY BlackBerry devices this year. RIM's focus right now in smartphones is all about BlackBerry 6 and with BB6 planning to hit most newer devices and a few existing ones before the holidays there's no way a single lone-star device gets the new OS. That would just be too confusing to consumers to now have 3 entirely different OS (OS5, BB6 and then whatever the new one is).

None of these rumors really fit RIM's MO, but I do think they need to create an entirely new OS, but if that's actually happening it's not going to be on BlackBerry's this year. It might not even be next year due to BB6. Why put out BB6 if you're going to phaze it out immediately? Makes absolutely no sense. Not only that, but in addition to needing to create new software, but they also seriously need to update the hardware in their equipment and that definitely isn't happening this year, as everything that's been leaked so far shows that it's minor upgrades to existing products at best and even the "new" Torch is just a Bold 9650 with a better camera and a regular touchscreen instead of SurePress, but ultimately there's nothing "new" about it.

Ghostnyc

regardless of innovations, competition or fanboy support(such as the passionate Crackberry heads) RIM operates at its own pace which is basically slow as all hell. Lizardis and Co. have proven on more than one occassion to be out of step with the industry and innovations. They attempted to play catch up with the Torch, but it is hard to support a product with outdated core specs (such as processor and screen) whose performance gets choppy when multitasking simple/typical blackberry tasks. The absolute most confusing aspect of all this is that RIM has the captial, the talent and subsequent resources to not only compete but to lead in the mobile industry but activily CHOOSE not to.

Mike_is_Mike

"The absolute most confusing aspect of all this is that RIM has the captial, the talent and subsequent resources to not only compete but to lead in the mobile industry but activily CHOOSE not to."

What they DON'T have is leadership and vision. And there is no hope of that changing any time soon.

qnxqnx

QNX is a micro-kernel based RTOS - that means it will scale and perform on new processors, QNX has nothing to do with the current marketing push for BB6, which is an UI.

QNX based system can have a UI of BB6 or Android, or any other front end for that matters. QNX will also regain the mind shares of the development community as there is minimum amount of effort to get onto the QNX.

There is no (relatively small amount of) leaks on the tablet, because the Tablet has not gone to any operator, because it uses BT & WiFi. (Majority) leaks come from operators staff.

ipad is the real, clear and present threat for RIMM's enterprises business, next year is/will be too late for RIMM to respond.

QNX tablet at DevCon, no Storm 3, but there could be a sneak peak at what is/will be possible on future 'mobile phones' from RIMM.

nextlevel88

Going by the photo from the other day and the news here, it seems that the rumors we've been seeing for months about the Storm 3 (new and improved screen, new independent OS, etc.) are starting to hit the mainstream now. Could be an interesting couple of days next week, either due to great news or great disappointment...

trini_pirate

this is all good news. but is it too late?

trini_pirate

this is all good news. but is it too late?

Auli

Nope.at least Not for a crackberrian LOL.

mmcpher

Very encouraging. But I hope RIM can do a better job with Application developers than in the past. With the Torch, running 6.0, the most backward compatible new RIM release in my experience, new or upgraded Apps have been painfully slow to become available. How will everyone manage with an entirely new op sys? I understand that ONX is everywhere already running in an array of devices, so maybe it will be smooth. But we could see great new devices with great capabilities but relatively little to run at the start

skyboxer

But I can see a tablet being shown off, just like the openGL stuff was. It doesn't mean its coming right up but means its possible. And yeah an announcement that the software will be running on upcoming handsets would make sense. And I bet that S3 or whatever will be running it, but that's next summer.

jacmeister68

i for one am feeling a lot more encouraged that we could be seeing a very interesting devcon.

Tablet is sure to be announced but hoping that they preview s3 as this will provide the necessary impetus required against the onslaught of apple and android.

RIM need to show that they can still knock it out of the ballpark, i would be happy to stick with os6 until QNX can be fully integrated as I would have the concrete knowledge that it was happening rather than rumour.Market and consumer confidence is vital to maintain RIMs market position.

qnxqnx

The distinction between PC's and mobile phones is fading fast. You will not need a mobile phone and a laptop. You will have ONE device.

Enterprises will have multi-core powered tablets with FULL-HD panels and client side virtualization (from Citrix, VMW, etc.) The public/private Clouds will deliver apps and data. Voice and text messaging will simply become a small part of the apps, if not disappearing entirely.

That is why INTEL is diversifying and focusing on low power multi-cores cpu's vs. ARM, SNAPDRAGON, etc.

QNX will be the OS base for RIMM to move forward against IOS (MACH/UNIX variant), ANDROID (Linux variant) and WM 7 (Windows 7 variant). Technically, QNX wins by a mile.

If RIMM can not execute, ORACLE will probably take it over just for the enterprise client side (not to mention industrial app's) potentials of QNX.

ALL IMHO.

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gregerator

While these are all runors as we well know, let's look at RIM's recent past and what they might need to do. Biggest news for RIM in the last couple of months is of course the Torch and BB6. So, if the Tablet is to be announced, it will have to play well with BB6 and 5. They could easily show how it plays well with BB6 by using the S2Refresh. I really wouldn't expect anymore than those appearances. As for release date announcements, I wouldn't count on it. DevCon is focused on app development and this year may be split between the Tablet QNX OS and BB6. How easy will it be to dev for both? RIM needs to get a solid group/collection of apps for teh Tablet for release, unlike the Torch.... That, I imagine, will be the focus of DevCon.

Joe257

I think BlackBerry 6 has some legs on the Storm 3 with a more capable and advanced processor. I don't really want to see a refreshed Storm 2 with the same specs running BlackBerry 6. That would create no excitement and accommplish little interest from BlackBerry fans. RIM needs a game changer and a faster device with a larger & higher res screen is what is needed to compete.

Allowing us to install and run apps from device memory (NOT from SD cards) is also a necessity. A front facing camera would be a nice touch to put this at the forefront with similar devices from the competition.

Joe257

I need a tablet by the end of the year. Either the BlackBerry Tablet (or Pad) or the iPad... or maybe the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. I hope RIM has a device in the mix.

Just something with quick up-time (sleeping or always on) to browse the web at home, keep on top of things in facebook, etc. The iPad will fit that bill, but I'm looking for something with USB connectivity.

A desktop or laptop takes up too much space in the family room, and they take too long to boot up.

kennyiceberry

I feel myself becoming less strident about RIM than I was even a month ago. Gotta fess up and be honest. Yes the Torch was something of an anti-climax. But I felt I could respect the intentions it engendered and also that it was a step in the right direction. Plus it appears to actually work! That's always a plus for a handset isn't it! A few more bits of news like today's and of course adequate follow-through and I could well turn more decisively bullish. For now though I reserve judgment.

kennyiceberry

I feel myself becoming less strident about RIM than I was even a month ago. Gotta fess up and be honest. Yes the Torch was something of an anti-climax. But I felt I could respect the intentions it engendered and also that it was a step in the right direction. Plus it appears to actually work! That's always a plus for a handset isn't it! A few more bits of news like today's and of course adequate follow-through and I could well turn more decisively bullish. For now though I reserve judgment.