Research in Motion launched a new OS for its BlackBerry devices at its annual developers conference. The new BlackBerry BBX is dubbed the next generation platform from the company that combines the best of its existing BlackBerry platform with features from its acquired ONX platform.According to the company, BBX will support BlackBerry cloud, as well as applications developed on HTML5, together with applications developed using tools (Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and Web- Works/HTML5) for its tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook. In addition, BBX will also support BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps, also unveiled by the company at the conference – in beta, and expected to be
part of the next version of its tablet OS.
To put that simply, BBX devices, once launch, will run most applications available from BlackBerry today, those written in HTML5, those applications available to its tablet now, as well as applications written for the Android platform.
At the same time, BBX will also feature BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for building user interfaces with custom layouts, animations, effects and 3D graphics. The company also announced a number of developer tool updates, including version 2.2 of Web- Works which now support both smartphones and tablets and allows developers to write applications
According to Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM, nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps are downloaded daily.
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