We thought RIM would stick with the QNX nomenclature, but BBX will be the OS of future BlackBerry devices. Announced at BlackBerry DevCon in San Francisco today, RIM President and Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis touted BBX as offering advanced games through the BlackBery App Store, HTML 5, enhanced UI and a seamless ecosystem with cloud storage.
RIM seems to be hedging their bets across pretty much every current mobile Web technology, including Adobe AIR and HTML5. According to RIM PR:
The BBX platform will include BBX-OS, and will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for both HTML5 and native developers. BBX will also support applications developed using any of the tools available today for the BlackBerry PlayBook – including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps – on future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
The Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics, shown off in the picture gallery above, is one of the highlights of BBX. Cascades was designed by a team of developers at TAT who have been working on implementing 3D action in UI systems for useful means rather than show.
Stay tuned for more on BBX…