How RIM Is Transitioning BlackBerry To QNX

May 15, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

I ran across this article on ZDNet UK and wanted to share it with you. ZDNET UK was able to have an interview with David Yach, RIM’s CTO, and talk about the QNX system of the PlayBook and OS 6 and OS 7 of the BlackBerry. David candidly shares the view of the transition RIM is making.

I love my BlackBerry and especially my PlayBook and how great they work together. I’m excited for RIM and love that BlackBerry is non proprietary. I can view most files on my BlackBerry and I can use my MP3s from my library. Any digital copy of a movie can be moved to my device and played, even YouTube videos. The interview is nice, with some detailed questions and answers I’m sure you’ll find as interesting as I do.

The first question was : “With PlayBook and BlackBerry OS 7, you have got two different operating systems — and several different development systems. What’s the advantage and how do you bring that diversity together in future versions?”

That was answered by the CTO in that there’s the QNX on the BlackBerry PlayBook and the OS 6 and OS 7 for BlackBerry, and the next platform for BlackBerry will take the best of both. He also points out that the PlayBook uses the BlackBerry Player in which you can access your Bridge apps, and if it crashes, you can restart it without the entire device having to be affected.

The next question is: “What about what RIM has called super apps; apps that integrate information from core BlackBerry apps or show notifications in the inbox? Do they still work? Can they be Adobe AIR apps as well as Java now?”

Yach proceeds with the interview stating how AIR is coming along and is still an adventure, and that the DNA of BlackBerry embodies Security and Super Apps, with Security remaining first.

Another question of interest: “You can’t yet manage a PlayBook with the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). When you can, will there be a way of managing my BlackBerry and my PlayBook as both being my devices?”

David Yach’s answer is especially of interest, “What we are doing on the BES side is enabling the capability for BES to handle more than one device. After talking with our corporate customers about how they’d actually like that to work, we’re formulating plans to make sure people can have a tablet and a device. What we’re hearing is they don’t want somebody to have seven, eight or 10 devices, but they can understand the use case for two. So what we’re doing is working to address that. The two devices are different so they want the ability to have a different set of policies for the PlayBook.”

And the last question I thought was intriguing: “So using context — in a way that isn’t creepy — is going to be what differentiates BlackBerry from all the other smartphone platforms?”

Yach explains that there are three parts to social networking in this paragraph: “There’s a relationship and there’s a lot of context — background information, the history of our conversations, calendaring and so on. But the third piece is something nobody really thinks of. As part of the social contact that people have with each other — unless it’s very superficial — whenever you have a conversation, you come away with commitments. We’ve agreed to have lunch. But then somebody has to make a reservation, somebody has got to make sure both of you know where the restaurant is. All that kind of stuff is part of the commitment.”

He states work is similar as are Super Apps. It’s about communication, getting context and information, and achieving that commitment.

For more details, check out the interview at ZDNet UK. I really thought it was good to read it in that context. I for one see the potential of the PlayBook with the BlackBerry as only the beginning of an exciting journey whether it’s for personal, business or both.


[via: ZDNet UK]

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