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RIM's tablet will be competing in what's becoming a quickly crowded market.  (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

The benefits of upgrading a Droid X to Froyo.  (Source:
BlackPad set for Q4 launch with totally revamped operating system

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Research In Motion is expected to unveil its new tablet computer, previously dubbed the "Blackpad," at a conference in San Francisco next week. Previously unreported, though, is the fact that the tablet will come equipped with a brand new operating system built by QNX Software Systems instead of BlackBerry 6 OS.

QNX was bought by RIM earlier this year in what analysts called a step to revamp its proprietary OS, which is struggling against competitors like Android and iOS. The BlackBerry maker has struggled to convince developers to create applications for its devices, while Google and Apple have made apps the cornerstone of their respective platforms. According to WSJ, QNX will eventually implement its software in the BlackBerry line as well.

"People who've worked with QNX's operating system say it's a worthy competitor to Apple's and Google's platforms, and could go a long way toward addressing complaints that RIM's devices are slow, unstable and hard to program for," WSJ writes.

RIM did not reveal many details about the BlackPad. We know that it will boast a 7-inch touchscreen and at least one, possibly two, cameras. It will be Bluetooth and broadband compatible, but will require a tethered BlackBerry to connect to cellular networks, WSJ said. Carrier possibilities or restrictions have not been announced.

We previously noted that RIM's tablet could hit stores before year's end. According to the new WSJ report, the BlackPad is on schedule to see a Q4 release.

RIM is just one of a number of manufacturers jumping into the tablet market -- all aiming to capture some of the impressive sales of Apple's iPad. The competition is quickly getting stiffer, with Samsung echoing its strategy for the Galaxy S line, by announcing that its Samsung Tab will be available on all four major U.S. carriers.

In brief Android news, Droid-Life is reporting that the Droid X official update to 2.2 "Froyo" will be available today at 12 p.m. EST. The update will begin rolling out intermittently, but if you can't wait to receive it, you can simply pull the update to the device. Simply visit "Settings>About>System Updates" and check for available updates. 

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so many varieties so little value...
By superPC on 9/22/2010 9:42:33 AM , Rating: 3
at this moment i'm only interested in exopc and dell inspiron duo .

i know win 7 is not the best choice of tablet OS (mostly because of battery life) but i want the versatility and familiarity. and if the extra layer of GUI on top of win 7 in exopc or inspiron duo prove to be too much of a burden i can always use windows media center to play music, video, and launch apps. and its windows with choices of millions of apps (if you know where to look for)

By twhittet on 9/22/2010 10:39:19 AM , Rating: 3
I think many people may like the Inspiron Duo because of both it's familiarity combined with it's flexibility. As long as they keep the price reasonable, and make it reliable - I don't see why it couldn't replace current "convertible" tablets.

By XSpeedracerX on 9/22/2010 7:17:44 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just the battery. A tablet needs to have a great software keyboad and the win7 one is hopelessly rediculous. They made it to model a real Keyboard and took no consideration for whats functions best when typing on a touch screen.

Thats easily fixable though. Nix that and I no longer see the problem with a win 7 tablet...

taking bets
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/22/2010 1:40:43 PM , Rating: 2
Anyone want to guess if the Blackpad will flop and go off market faster than the Kin? I think it will be close.

RE: taking bets
By Nurn on 9/22/2010 4:13:30 PM , Rating: 2
No, I think that it will be embraced by the Corporate types that already have Blackberry phones. Plus, I hear their OS is vastly superior to anything else on the market. If they get the hardware specs right, it will do well. Gotta love that name "BLACKPAD".

RE: taking bets
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/22/2010 6:42:16 PM , Rating: 2
Not so sure. I think the user who wanted a media tablet already went out and got one with the ipad. I cant tell you how many BB users I know jumped on the iPad and wouldnt dream of going BB for that type of use.

And what actual information do you know about this OS? There are no screenshots or videos released.

seriously though, think about it. What biz user would want to use a touch-only interface for high-word count emailing without a physical keyboard? Why do you think the Storm was a flop? Even using the iPad keyboard is so awkward compared to a 4" swype-enabled phone. The blackpad is also supposed to be just 7 inches... just too small to even PRETEND to use a normal keyboard hand stance.

Froyo claim
By FITCamaro on 9/22/2010 11:02:45 AM , Rating: 2
"Ability to rotate 270 degrees"

Need to add a stipulation of "unless you're on the home screen" to that. Can't believe they still haven't fixed that. Currently you must have the keyboard open on the Droid to view the home screen in landscape mode. Or have it docked.

By androticus on 9/23/2010 10:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
I played with QNX a few years back and it was great! I wonder though how easy it will be for app developers to port apps for Android so they will run on QNX. Having good tech under the hood is useless if you can't get developers to write apps for it. This sounds like a tech-driven, not business-driven decision.

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